Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 51.2% less likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

live 11.6 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 24.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

be 50.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 37.4% less on taxes


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 83.9% less money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

Life

have 2.0 times more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 8.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 42.7% less likely to have internet access


In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.4% less on healthcare


Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

spend 58.3% more on education


Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 88.4% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 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 Japan? 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 Tax Agency Japan.

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