Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 46.2% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.

live 6.8 years less


In Australia, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Malaysia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 39.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

pay a 37.8% lower top tax rate


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

make 42.3% less money


Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,400 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

Life

have 47.6% more children


In Australia, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Australia, approximately 3.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 11.4 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 11.3% less on education


Australia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 81.9% less coastline


Australia has a total of 25,760 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.

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 Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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