Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Lesotho instead of United Kingdom, you would:

Health

be 40.3% less likely to be obese


In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people as of 2016.

live 28.1 years less


In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 33.3% lower top tax rate


United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 92.6% less money


United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2017, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,300 as of 2017.

be 6.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1% as of 2014.

be 3.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 95.0% more children


In United Kingdom, there are approximately 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Lesotho, there are 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 77.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Lesotho, 544.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United Kingdom, approximately 4.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 41.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 70.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In United Kingdom, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Lesotho, 30% of the population do as of 2017.

be 69.4% less likely to have internet access


In United Kingdom, approximately 94.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Lesotho, about 29.0% do as of 2018.

be 21.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United Kingdom, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Lesotho, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 16.4% more on education


United Kingdom spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Lesotho spends 6.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

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 United Kingdom? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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