Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 7.9 times more likely to be obese

In Vietnam, 2.1% of adults are obese. In Uzbekistan, that number is 16.6% of people.


spend 34.3% less on taxes

Vietnam has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Uzbekistan, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Vietnam, 2.2% of adults are unemployed. In Uzbekistan, that number is 4.9%.

be 75.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Vietnam, 8.0% live below the poverty line. In Uzbekistan, however, that number is 14.0%.


be 33.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Vietnam, approximately 54.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Uzbekistan, 36.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 11.2% less likely to have internet access

In Vietnam, approximately 52.7% of the population has internet access. In Uzbekistan, about 46.8% do.

be 10.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Vietnam, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas). In Uzbekistan, that number is 87% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).


spend 18.3% less on healthcare

Vietnam spends 7.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uzbekistan, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Uzbekistan: At a glance

Uzbekistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 425,400 sq km. Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land degraded and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. Independent since 1991, the country has lessened its dependence on the cotton monoculture by diversifying agricultural production while developing its mineral and petroleum export capacity and increasing its manufacturing base. However, longserving septuagenarian President Islom KARIMOV, who rose through the ranks of the Soviet-era State Planning Committee (Gosplan), remains wedded to the concepts of a command economy, creating a challenging environment for foreign investment. Current concerns include post-KARIMOV succession, terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation, and the curtailment of human rights and democratization.

How big is Uzbekistan compared to Vietnam? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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