Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Vietnam instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 88.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Vietnam, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 13.1 years longer


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 78.1% less likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 93.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2% as of 2017.

be 82.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0% as of 2017.

Life

be 88.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Vietnam, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.3% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Vietnam, it is 95.0% as of 2018.

be 69.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 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 55.5% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 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 74.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Vietnam, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 8.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Vietnam, about 70.3% do as of 2018.

be 13.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Vietnam, that number is 95% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 23.9% more on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 20.4 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 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 Congo, Republic of the? 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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