Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Vietnam instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

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


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

live 15.1 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 75.9% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

Economy

make 4.3 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 75.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

be 88.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 96.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 74.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

be 96.5% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Vietnam, it is 94.5%.

have 57.3% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.8 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of people have electricity access (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.

be 55.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In Vietnam, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 36.0% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

spend 96.6% more on education


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

Geography

see 8.6 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 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 Sierra Leone? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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