Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malawi instead of China, you would:

Health

live 14.0 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

spend 33.3% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Malawi, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 92.8% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 5.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

be 15.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

Life

be 35.6% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Malawi, it is 62.1%.

have 3.3 times more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 23.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 91.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In China, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 9% of people on average (32% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 82.0% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malawi, that number is 11.4% of GDP.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi compared to China? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation.

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