Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Vietnam instead of Bangladesh, you would:

Health

be 41.7% less likely to be obese


In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

Economy

make 64.3% more money


Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 45.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

be 67.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 69.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 29.8% more likely to be literate


In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Vietnam, it is 94.5%.

be 45.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

have 17.6% less children


In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 65.0% more likely to have access to electricity


In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.

be 12.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Bangladesh, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.3 times more on education


Bangladesh spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.5 times more on healthcare


Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 5.9 times more coastline


Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In Vietnam, that number is 3,444 km.

Vietnam: At a glance

Vietnam (sometimes abbreviated SRV) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 310,070 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.

How big is Vietnam compared to Bangladesh? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Department Of Taxation - Ministry Of Finance, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.

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