Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 19.7% less likely to be obese


In Sudan, 6.6% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

Economy

make 60.9% more money


Sudan has a GDP per capita of $4,600, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 92.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Sudan, 19.6% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 52.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sudan, 46.5% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 60.0% more on taxes


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

Life

be 36.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sudan, approximately 311.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

have 15.4% less children


In Sudan, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sudan, 35% of people have electricity access (63% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 36.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sudan, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (66% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

be 35.0% less likely to have internet access


In Sudan, approximately 28.0% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 77.4% less on healthcare


Sudan spends 8.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Laos, that number is 1.9% of GDP.

spend 31.8% more on education


Sudan spends 2.2% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

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 Sudan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Sudan Chamber of Taxation.

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