Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 93.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tanzania, 4.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 2.0 years longer


In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 36.9% less likely to be obese


In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 85.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


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

Life

be 50.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Tanzania, approximately 398.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 25.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Tanzania, approximately 39.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

have 33.7% less children


In Tanzania, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.6 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tanzania, 24% of people have electricity access (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 40.0% more likely to have internet access


In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 36.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tanzania, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 17.1% less on education


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

spend 66.1% less on healthcare


Tanzania spends 5.6% 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 Tanzania? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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