Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malaysia instead of Cabo Verde, you would:

Health

live 2.8 years longer


In Cabo Verde, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 32.2% more likely to be obese


In Cabo Verde, 11.8% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

Economy

make 4.2 times more money


Cabo Verde has a GDP per capita of $6,900, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 62.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Cabo Verde, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 87.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Cabo Verde, 30.0% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

Life

be 42.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Cabo Verde, approximately 21.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Cabo Verde, 71% of people have electricity access (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 63.5% more likely to have internet access


In Cabo Verde, approximately 48.2% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 11.1% less on education


Cabo Verde spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.5% less on healthcare


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

Geography

see 4.8 times more coastline


Cabo Verde has a total of 965 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 Cabo Verde? 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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