Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

be 78.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 6.0 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 39.1% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

Economy

make 4.6 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 83.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 68.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

Life

be 85.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 27.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

be 66.1% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 35.0% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.4 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of people have electricity access (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 54.2% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 20.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 82.9% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% 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 Sierra Leone? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, National Revenue Authority.

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