Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.2 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 70.6% more money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 84.4% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 80.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

Life

have 29.1% more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 68.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, 59% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 15.2% more likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

Geography

see 85.1% more coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 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 French Polynesia? 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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