Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malawi instead of Estonia, you would:

Health

be 72.6% less likely to be obese


In Estonia, 21.2% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 13.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Estonia, 0.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 15.2 years less


In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 96.2% less money


Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes


Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Malawi, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

have 4.1 times more children


In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 70.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 37.8% less likely to be literate


In Estonia, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Malawi, it is 62.1%.

be 11.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 91.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Estonia, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Malawi, 9% of the population do.

be 89.0% less likely to have internet access


In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 14.5% less on education


Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Malawi spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 78.1% more on healthcare


Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malawi, that number is 11.4% of GDP.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi compared to Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Malawi Revenue Authority.

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