Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 92.5% less likely to be obese

In Uruguay, 27.9% of adults are obese. In Vietnam, that number is 2.1% of people.

live 3.7 years less

In Uruguay, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Vietnam, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).


be 69.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Uruguay, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Vietnam, that number is 2.2%.

be 17.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Uruguay, 9.7% live below the poverty line. In Vietnam, however, that number is 8.0%.

make 69.2% less money

Uruguay has a GDP per capita of $22,400, while in Vietnam, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

spend 16.7% more on taxes

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


have 19.2% more children

In Uruguay, there are approximately 13.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Vietnam, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Uruguay, approximately 15.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vietnam, 54.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Uruguay, approximately 8.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, 17.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 20.6% less likely to have internet access

In Uruguay, approximately 66.4% of the population has internet access. In Vietnam, about 52.7% do.


spend 17.4% less on healthcare

Uruguay spends 8.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vietnam, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

spend 29.5% more on education

Uruguay spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Vietnam spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.


see 5.2 times more coastline

Uruguay has a total of 660 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 Uruguay? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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