Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Laos instead of Sri Lanka, you would:


live 12.3 years less

In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).


be 66.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Sri Lanka, 4.5% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

make 42.2% less money

Sri Lanka has a GDP per capita of $12,800, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 3.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Sri Lanka, 6.7% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 60.0% more on taxes

Sri Lanka has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.


have 55.3% more children

In Sri Lanka, there are approximately 15.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Sri Lanka, approximately 30.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 13.7% less likely to be literate

In Sri Lanka, the literacy rate is 92.6%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

be 5.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In Sri Lanka, approximately 8.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 43.3% less likely to have internet access

In Sri Lanka, approximately 32.1% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 20.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Sri Lanka, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).


spend 17.1% less on education

Sri Lanka spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 45.7% less on healthcare

Sri Lanka spends 3.5% 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 Sri Lanka? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.


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