Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 30.0% less likely to be obese


In Germany, 22.3% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

live 5.6 years less


In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 10.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 77.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 41.1% less on taxes


Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

make 42.5% less money


Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,400, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.1% less likely to have internet access


In Germany, approximately 89.6% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 62.8% less on healthcare


Germany spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 95.7% more coastline


Germany has a total of 2,389 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 Germany? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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