Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 69.0% less likely to be obese


In Yemen, 17.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.

live 1.2 years less


In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


Yemen has a GDP per capita of $2,500 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.

be 97.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Yemen, 27.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 59.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Yemen, 54.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0% as of 2013.

pay a 60.0% higher top tax rate


Yemen has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 20.8% more likely to be literate


In Yemen, the literacy rate is 70.1% as of 2015. In Laos, it is 84.7% as of 2015.

have 13.2% fewer children


In Yemen, there are approximately 25.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Laos, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 85.3% more likely to have access to electricity


In Yemen, approximately 47% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 32% 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 10.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Yemen, approximately 92% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 82% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017.

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 Yemen? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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