Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Lesotho instead of Thailand, you would:

Health

be 21.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Thailand, 1.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Lesotho, that number is 23.8% of people.

live 21.9 years less


In Thailand, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women).

be 66.0% more likely to be obese


In Thailand, 10.0% of adults are obese. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people.

Economy

spend 14.3% less on taxes


Thailand has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 79.9% less money


Thailand has a GDP per capita of $17,900, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 40.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Thailand, 0.7% of adults are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1%.

be 7.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Thailand, 7.2% live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Thailand, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Lesotho, there are 24.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 24.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Thailand, approximately 20.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Lesotho, 487.0 women do.

be 14.5% less likely to be literate


In Thailand, the literacy rate is 92.9%. In Lesotho, it is 79.4%.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Thailand, approximately 9.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 46.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 82.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Thailand, 99% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Lesotho, that number is 17% of people on average (43% in urban areas, and 8% in rural areas).

be 42.3% less likely to have internet access


In Thailand, approximately 47.5% of the population has internet access. In Lesotho, about 27.4% do.

be 16.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Thailand, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Lesotho, that number is 82% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.8 times more on education


Thailand spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Lesotho spends 11.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 63.1% more on healthcare


Thailand spends 6.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lesotho, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

How big is Lesotho compared to Thailand? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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