Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Korea instead of Vietnam, you would:
live 7.5 years longer
In Vietnam, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022. In South Korea, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.
be 2.2 times more likely to be obese
In Vietnam, 2.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Korea, that number is 4.7% of people as of 2016.
make 5.2 times more money
Vietnam has a GDP per capita of $8,200 as of 2020, while in South Korea, the GDP per capita is $42,300 as of 2020.
be 20.9% more likely to be unemployed
In Vietnam, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2018. In South Korea, that number is 3.8% as of 2019.
be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In Vietnam, 6.7% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In South Korea, however, that number is 14.4% as of 2016.
be 74.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In Vietnam, approximately 43.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Korea, 11.0 women do as of 2017.
be 80.5% 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 South Korea, on the other hand, 2.9 children do as of 2022.
have 55.9% fewer children
In Vietnam, there are approximately 15.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In South Korea, there are 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 38.6% more likely to have internet access
In Vietnam, approximately 70.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In South Korea, about 97.0% do as of 2020.
spend 54.7% more on healthcare
Vietnam spends 5.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In South Korea, that number is 8.2% of GDP as of 2019.
see 29.9% less coastline
Vietnam has a total of 3,444 km of coastline. In South Korea, that number is 2,413 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
South Korea: At a glance
How big is South Korea compared to Vietnam? See an in-depth size comparison.