Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Western Sahara, you would:

Health

live 1.2 years longer


In Western Sahara, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


Western Sahara has a GDP per capita of $2,500, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

Life

have 19.5% less children


In Western Sahara, there are approximately 29.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

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 Western Sahara? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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