Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 21.6% less likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

live 1.8 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 26.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

Life

be 37.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 23.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.7% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 13.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 54.3% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 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 Ecuador? 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, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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