Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.6 years longer


In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Malta, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 12.5% more likely to be obese


In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malta, that number is 28.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900 as of 2017, while in Malta, the GDP per capita is $41,900 as of 2017.

be 43.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Malta, that number is 4.6% as of 2017.

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


In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Malta, however, that number is 16.3% as of 2015.

pay a 2.3 times higher top tax rate


Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Malta, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 77.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Costa Rica, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malta, 6.0 women do as of 2017.

be 38.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Costa Rica, approximately 7.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malta, on the other hand, 4.6 children do as of 2020.

have 33.1% fewer children


In Costa Rica, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malta, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 28.4% less on education


Costa Rica spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Malta spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

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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