Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 86.5% less likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people as of 2016.

live 1.5 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 35.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2% as of 2017.

make 76.3% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900 as of 2017.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0% as of 2017.

pay a 25.0% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 48.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Vietnam, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 37.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 15.7 children do as of 2020.

have 20.8% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Vietnam, there are 14.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.4% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Vietnam, about 70.3% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 21.3% more on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 26.3% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 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 Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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