Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Laos instead of Senegal, you would:


live 2.5 years longer

In Senegal, the average life expectancy is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 39.8% less likely to be obese

In Senegal, 8.8% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.


make 2.7 times more money

Senegal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 96.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Senegal, 48.0% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 52.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Senegal, 46.7% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes

Senegal has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.


be 37.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Senegal, approximately 315.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 38.5% more likely to be literate

In Senegal, the literacy rate is 57.7%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 29.3% fewer children

In Senegal, there are approximately 33.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 58.2% more likely to have access to electricity

In Senegal, 55% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 29.2% less likely to have internet access

In Senegal, approximately 25.7% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.


spend 59.2% less on education

Senegal spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 59.6% less on healthcare

Senegal spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Laos, that number is 1.9% of GDP.

Laos: At a glance

Laos is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 230,800 sq km. Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013.

How big is Laos compared to Senegal? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines.


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