Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.0 years longer


In Vietnam, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020. In Maldives, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In Vietnam, 2.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Maldives, that number is 8.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


Vietnam has a GDP per capita of $6,900 as of 2017, while in Maldives, the GDP per capita is $19,200 as of 2017.

be 31.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Vietnam, 2.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Maldives, that number is 2.9% as of 2017.

be 87.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Vietnam, 8.0% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Maldives, however, that number is 15.0% as of 2009.

Life

have 10.3% more children


In Vietnam, there are approximately 14.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Maldives, there are 16.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 23.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Vietnam, approximately 43.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Maldives, 53.0 women do as of 2017.

be 26.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Vietnam, approximately 15.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Maldives, on the other hand, 19.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 10.2% less likely to have internet access


In Vietnam, approximately 70.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Maldives, about 63.2% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 28.1% less on education


Vietnam spends 5.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2013. Maldives spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 81.3% less coastline


Vietnam has a total of 3,444 km of coastline. In Maldives, that number is 644 km.

Maldives: At a glance

Maldives is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298 sq km. A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, the president and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. President NASHEED faced a number of challenges including strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. In early February 2012, after several weeks of street protests following his sacking of a top judge, NASHEED resigned the presidency and handed over power to Vice President Mohammed WAHEED Hassan Maniku. In mid-2012, a Commission of National Inquiry was set by the government to probe events leading up to NASHEED's resignation. Though the commission found no evidence of a coup, the report recommended the need to strengthen the country's democratic institutions to avert similar events in the future, and to further investigate alleged police misconduct during the crisis. Maldivian officials have played a prominent role in international climate change discussions (due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise) on the UN Human Rights Council and in other international forums, as well as in encouraging regional cooperation, especially between India and Pakistan.

How big is Maldives 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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