Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 29.4% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.

live 5.5 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 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 52.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

be 74.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8% as of 2009.

pay a 47.9% lower top tax rate


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

make 37.6% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

Life

have 64.9% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.3 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 27.7% less on education


Belgium spends 6.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 70.3 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 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 Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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