Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 98.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Swaziland, 27.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 7.1 years longer

In Swaziland, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

be 67.9% less likely to be obese

In Swaziland, 16.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.


be 97.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Swaziland, 28.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 65.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Swaziland, 63.0% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0% as of 2013.

pay a 27.3% lower top tax rate

Swaziland has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0% as of 2016.

make 26.7% less money

Swaziland has a GDP per capita of $10,100 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.


be 57.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Swaziland, approximately 437.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Laos, 185.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 32.4% more likely to have access to electricity

In Swaziland, approximately 66% of people have electricity access (83% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 45.7% less likely to have internet access

In Swaziland, approximately 47.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.


spend 59.2% less on education

Swaziland spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

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.

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


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