Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 2.5 times more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.


make 73.7% more money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 12.8% less likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

spend 37.8% less on taxes

China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

be 15.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.


have 55.3% more children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 48.1% more likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 48.1% more likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.


spend 23.6% less on healthcare

China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.


see 67.8% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 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 China? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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