Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 236.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Yemen, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Lesotho, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2018.

live 13.9 years less


In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 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

make 32.0% more money


Yemen has a GDP per capita of $2,500 as of 2017, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,300 as of 2017.

pay a 100.0% higher top tax rate


Yemen has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 13.3% more likely to be literate


In Yemen, the literacy rate is 70.1% as of 2015. In Lesotho, it is 79.4% as of 2015.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Yemen, approximately 164.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Lesotho, 544.0 women do as of 2017.

have 10.1% fewer children


In Yemen, there are approximately 25.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Lesotho, there are 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 36.8% less 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 Lesotho, that number is 30% of people on average (66% in urban areas, and 16% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 15.0% 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 Lesotho, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

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 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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