Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 66.1% less likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

live 2.0 years less


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

Economy

be 43.6% less likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

spend 22.2% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 58.7% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

Life

have 26.0% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 44.2% more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

Expenditures

spend 29.1% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 76.2% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973.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 China? 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, State Administration of Taxation.

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