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


live 1.7 years longer

In Egypt, the average life expectancy is 74 years (73 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2022. In Malaysia, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022.

be 51.2% less likely to be obese

In Egypt, 32.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.


make 2.2 times more money

Egypt has a GDP per capita of $12,000 as of 2020, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $26,400 as of 2020.

be 58.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Egypt, 7.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Malaysia, that number is 3.3% as of 2019.

be 82.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Egypt, 32.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Malaysia, however, that number is 5.6% as of 2018.

pay a 24.4% higher top tax rate

Egypt has a top tax rate of 22.5% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.


be 21.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Egypt, approximately 37.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 33.4% more likely to be literate

In Egypt, the literacy rate is 71.2% as of 2017. In Malaysia, it is 95.0% as of 2019.

be 62.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Egypt, approximately 17.7 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 6.6 children do as of 2022.

have 32.2% fewer children

In Egypt, there are approximately 21.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Malaysia, there are 14.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 25.0% more likely to have internet access

In Egypt, approximately 72.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Malaysia, about 90.0% do as of 2020.


spend 19.1% less on healthcare

Egypt spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Malaysia, that number is 3.8% of GDP as of 2019.


see 90.8% more coastline

Egypt has a total of 2,450 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Egyptian Tax Authority.

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.
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