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

Health

be 65.6% less likely to be obese

In Singapore, 6.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people as of 2016.

live 10.8 years less

In Singapore, the average life expectancy is 86 years (84 years for men, 89 years for women) as of 2022. In Vietnam, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022.

Economy

make 91.2% less money

Singapore has a GDP per capita of $93,400 as of 2020, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2020.

be 38.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Singapore, 2.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Vietnam, that number is 3.1% as of 2018.

pay a 59.1% higher top tax rate

Singapore has a top tax rate of 22.0% as of 2016. In Vietnam, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 73.4% more children

In Singapore, there are approximately 9.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Vietnam, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 5.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Singapore, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Vietnam, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 9.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Singapore, approximately 1.6 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 14.8 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 23.9% less likely to have internet access

In Singapore, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Vietnam, about 70.0% do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 64.0% more on education

Singapore spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Vietnam spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2019.

spend 29.3% more on healthcare

Singapore spends 4.1% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Vietnam, that number is 5.3% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 17.8 times more coastline

Singapore has a total of 193 km of coastline. In Vietnam, that number is 3,444 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, General Department Of Taxation - Ministry Of Finance.

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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