Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Malaysia instead of El Salvador, you would:


be 36.6% less likely to be obese

In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.


make 3.3 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 51.4% less likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 88.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.


be 25.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 25.6% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

have 17.9% more children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.7 times more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.


spend 38.2% less on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

spend 37.1% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.


see 15.2 times more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 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 El Salvador? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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