Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 9.1 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 60.4% less likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

Economy

be 63.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

be 46.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

spend 45.8% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 72.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 18.3% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Vietnam, it is 94.5%.

be 65.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

have 34.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.

be 28.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 96.6% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.7 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

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 Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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