Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Vietnam instead of Afghanistan, you would:
live 21.9 years longer
In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2022. In Vietnam, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022.
be 61.8% less likely to be obese
In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people as of 2016.
make 4.1 times more money
Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2020, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2020.
be 87.0% less likely to be unemployed
In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Vietnam, that number is 3.1% as of 2018.
be 87.7% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Vietnam, however, that number is 6.7% as of 2018.
pay a 75.0% higher top tax rate
Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.
be 93.3% less likely to die during childbirth
In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Vietnam, 43.0 women do as of 2017.
be 2.6 times more likely to be literate
In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 37.3% as of 2021. In Vietnam, it is 95.8% as of 2019.
be 85.9% less likely to die during infancy
In Afghanistan, approximately 104.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 14.8 children do as of 2022.
have 55.8% fewer children
In Afghanistan, there are approximately 35.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Vietnam, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 3.9 times more likely to have internet access
In Afghanistan, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Vietnam, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
be 26.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Afghanistan, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2020. In Vietnam, that number is 97% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 59.8% less on healthcare
Afghanistan spends 13.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Vietnam, that number is 5.3% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 28.1% more on education
Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. Vietnam spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, General Department Of Taxation - Ministry Of Finance.
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