United States compared to Malaysia

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If you moved to Malaysia from United States, you would..


make 52.5% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Malaysia Malaysia ($27,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $27,200.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - GDP Per Capita

live 4.8 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Malaysia Malaysia (75 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 75 years.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Life Expectancy

consume 65% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Malaysia Malaysia (4,232 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Malaysia, that number is 4,232 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Electricity Consumption

have 55.2% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Malaysia Malaysia (19.4 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, that number is 19.4 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Birth Rate

be 74.8% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Malaysia Malaysia (3.8% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, that number is 3.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Poverty Line

be 2.2 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Malaysia Malaysia (12.9 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Infant Mortality

be 29.8% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Malaysia Malaysia (3.3% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.3% of people.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Unemployment

see 76.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Malaysia Malaysia (4,675 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.
Category: United States vs. Malaysia - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Malaysia

Malaysia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 329,847 sq km. During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore, as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo, joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's independence were marred by a communist insurgency, Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's withdrawal in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to the development of manufacturing, services, and tourism. Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (in office since April 2009) has continued these pro-business policies and has introduced some civil reforms.

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