Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Malta instead of Costa Rica, you would:


live 1.8 years longer

In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Malta, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 12.5% more likely to be obese

In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In Malta, that number is 28.9% of people.


make 2.5 times more money

Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900, while in Malta, the GDP per capita is $42,000.

be 45.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Malta, that number is 4.4%.

be 24.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line. In Malta, however, that number is 16.3%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes

Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Malta, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


be 64.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Costa Rica, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malta, 9.0 women do.

be 56.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malta, on the other hand, 3.5 children do.

have 34.8% fewer children

In Costa Rica, there are approximately 15.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Malta, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.1% more likely to have internet access

In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Malta, about 77.3% do.


see 84.7% less coastline

Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In Malta, that number is 197 km.

Malta: At a glance

Malta is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 316 sq km. Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964; a decade later it declared itself a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

How big is Malta compared to Costa Rica? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.


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