Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 89.4% less likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

live 3.3 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 52.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

make 40.0% less money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

Life

be 15.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

have 13.4% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

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


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 22.8% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

spend 14.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 54.0% more coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 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military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973.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 Ecuador? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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