United States compared to Vietnam

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make 88.8% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Vietnam Vietnam ($6,400 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,400.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - GDP Per Capita

pay 11.6% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Vietnam Vietnam (35% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Vietnam, the top marginal tax rate is 35%.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Tax Rate

live 6.4 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Vietnam Vietnam (73.4 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Vietnam, the average life expectancy is 73.4 years.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Life Expectancy

consume 89.1% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Vietnam Vietnam (1,312 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Vietnam, that number is 1,312 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Electricity Consumption

have 25.6% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Vietnam Vietnam (15.7 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, that number is 15.7 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Birth Rate

be 25.2% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Vietnam Vietnam (11.3% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, that number is 11.3% of people.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Poverty Line

be 3.1 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Vietnam Vietnam (17.8 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.8 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Infant Mortality

be 21.3% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Vietnam Vietnam (3.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 3.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Unemployment

see 82.7% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Vietnam Vietnam (3,444 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Vietnam, that number is 3,444 km.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and General Department Of Taxation - Ministry Of Finance.


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A brief history of Vietnam

Vietnam (sometimes abbreviated SRV) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 331,210 sq km. The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the communist North and anti-communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The communist leaders, however, maintain control on political expression and have resisted outside calls to improve human rights. The country continues to experience small-scale protests from various groups - the vast majority connected to land-use issues, calls for increased political space, and the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. Various ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region, have also held protests.

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