Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 90.5% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

live 7.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 69.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

be 47.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 34.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 85.2% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

Life

have 37.2% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 39.1% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 13.6% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 33.0% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 51.8 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 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 Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, General Department Of Taxation - Ministry Of Finance.

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