According to the Happy Planet Index (HPI) as announced by UK-headquartered New Economics Foundation (NEF), the country, which is home to an array of mountains and tropical forests, has a strikingly low Ecological Footprint and economic output per head, almost 24 times smaller than that of Hong Kong (China). Indeed, it is one of just three countries to mark the top 10 of the Happy Planet Index rankings with an Ecological Footprint that is small enough to be considered environmentally sustainable. The report also notes that, "While wellbeing in Vietnam is more modest than in other countries in the top 10 HPI rankings, its average wellbeing score is still higher than Hong Kong's – despite the Vietnamese economy being significantly smaller and Vietnam's Ecological Footprint being less than a fifth of the size of Hong Kong's." "Vietnam has an impressive average life expectancy. Both Vietnam and the Gambia have similar sized economies with similar levels of GDP per capita, yet on average, people from Vietnam live more than 17 years longer." Vietnam's inequality of outcomes rating, which measures inequality in wellbeing and life expectancy scores within the country, is better than that of HPI's first-placed country Costa Rica – a likely… Read full this story
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