Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in French Polynesia instead of Vietnam, you would:


live 3.7 years longer

In Vietnam, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In French Polynesia, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).


make 2.5 times more money

Vietnam has a GDP per capita of $6,900, while in French Polynesia, the GDP per capita is $17,000.

be 9.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Vietnam, 2.2% of adults are unemployed. In French Polynesia, that number is 21.8%.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Vietnam, 8.0% live below the poverty line. In French Polynesia, however, that number is 19.7%.


be 73.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Vietnam, approximately 17.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In French Polynesia, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 29.8% more likely to have internet access

In Vietnam, approximately 52.7% of the population has internet access. In French Polynesia, about 68.4% do.

be 40.4% less likely to have access to electricity

In Vietnam, 99% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In French Polynesia, that number is 59% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).


see 26.7% less coastline

Vietnam has a total of 3,444 km of coastline. In French Polynesia, that number is 2,525 km.

French Polynesia: At a glance

French Polynesia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 3,827 sq km. The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were halted in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

How big is French Polynesia compared to Vietnam? 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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