Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 26.4% less likely to be obese

In Estonia, 21.2% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

live 1.7 years less

In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 42.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 82.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 40.0% more on taxes

Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.


have 89.1% more children

In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during infancy

In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.


spend 12.7% less on education

Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 34.4% less on healthcare

Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.


see 23.2% more coastline

Estonia has a total of 3,794 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 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, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.


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