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


live 10.2 years longer

In Djibouti, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 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 84.4% less likely to be obese

In Djibouti, 13.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people as of 2016.


make 49.1% more money

Djibouti has a GDP per capita of $5,500 as of 2020, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2020.

be 92.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Djibouti, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Vietnam, that number is 3.1% as of 2018.

be 68.2% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Djibouti, 21.1% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Vietnam, however, that number is 6.7% as of 2018.


be 82.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Djibouti, approximately 248.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Vietnam, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 68.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Djibouti, approximately 46.9 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 29.5% fewer children

In Djibouti, there are approximately 22.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Vietnam, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 2.4 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Djibouti, approximately 42% of people have electricity access (54% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas) as of 2019. In Vietnam, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas) as of 2019.

be 18.6% more likely to have internet access

In Djibouti, approximately 59.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Vietnam, about 70.0% do as of 2020.


spend 13.9% more on education

Djibouti spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Vietnam spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2019.

spend 2.9 times more on healthcare

Djibouti spends 1.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Vietnam, that number is 5.3% of GDP as of 2019.


see 11.0 times more coastline

Djibouti has a total of 314 km of coastline. In Vietnam, that number is 3,444 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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