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


live 2.9 years longer

In Vietnam, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022. In Brunei, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2022.

be 6.7 times more likely to be obese

In Vietnam, 2.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Brunei, that number is 14.1% of people as of 2016.


make 7.6 times more money

Vietnam has a GDP per capita of $8,200 as of 2020, while in Brunei, the GDP per capita is $62,200 as of 2020.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Vietnam, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2018. In Brunei, that number is 6.9% as of 2017.


be 27.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Vietnam, approximately 43.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Brunei, 31.0 women do as of 2017.

be 28.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Vietnam, approximately 14.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Brunei, on the other hand, 10.5 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 35.7% more likely to have internet access

In Vietnam, approximately 70.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Brunei, about 95.0% do as of 2020.


spend 58.5% less on healthcare

Vietnam spends 5.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Brunei, that number is 2.2% of GDP as of 2019.


see 95.3% less coastline

Vietnam has a total of 3,444 km of coastline. In Brunei, that number is 161 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Brunei: At a glance

Brunei is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 5,265 sq km. The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.
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