Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malaysia instead of Burkina Faso, you would:

Health

live 19.3 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

Economy

make 15.3 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 95.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 90.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

Life

be 89.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Malaysia, it is 94.6%.

be 82.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

have 53.6% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Burkina Faso, 17% of people have electricity access (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 5.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 19.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Burkina Faso, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 16.0% less on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

spend 14.3% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

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 Burkina Faso? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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