Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Malaysia instead of Argentina, you would:


be 44.9% less likely to be obese

In Argentina, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

live 2.1 years less

In Argentina, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).


make 38.8% more money

Argentina has a GDP per capita of $20,900, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 58.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Argentina, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 85.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Argentina, 25.7% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes

Argentina has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.


be 23.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Argentina, approximately 52.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

have 14.4% more children

In Argentina, there are approximately 16.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 27.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Argentina, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.3% more likely to have internet access

In Argentina, approximately 70.2% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.


spend 18.6% less on education

Argentina spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.5% less on healthcare

Argentina spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

Malaysia: At a glance

Malaysia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 328,657 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.

How big is Malaysia compared to Argentina? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Federal Administration of Public Revenue.


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