Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 78.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Liberia, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Vietnam, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 10.4 years longer

In Liberia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 78.8% less likely to be obese

In Liberia, 9.9% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.


make 4.9 times more money

Liberia has a GDP per capita of $1,400, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 21.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Liberia, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

be 85.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Liberia, 54.1% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.


be 92.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Liberia, approximately 725.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 98.5% more likely to be literate

In Liberia, the literacy rate is 47.6%. In Vietnam, it is 94.5%.

be 66.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Liberia, approximately 52.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

have 59.5% fewer children

In Liberia, there are approximately 38.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 9.9 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Liberia, 10% of people have electricity access (17% in urban areas, and 3% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 7.2 times more likely to have internet access

In Liberia, approximately 7.3% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.

be 29.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Liberia, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).


spend 29.0% less on healthcare

Liberia spends 10.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

spend 2.0 times more on education

Liberia spends 2.8% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.


see 5.9 times more coastline

Liberia has a total of 579 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.

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


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