If you lived in Malawi instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 14.7 years less

In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (76 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Malawi, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 92.9% less money

French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000 as of 2015, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200 as of 2017.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7% as of 2010.

Life

have 2.9 times more children

In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malawi, there are 40.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 8.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In French Polynesia, approximately 4.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malawi, on the other hand, 39.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 89.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Malawi, 11% of the population do as of 2017.

be 81.0% less likely to have internet access

In French Polynesia, approximately 72.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Malawi, about 13.8% do as of 2018.

be 11.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Malawi, 89% of people do as of 2017.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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