Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malaysia instead of Hong Kong, you would:

Health

live 7.3 years less


In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Malaysia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 80.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8% as of 2009.

make 54.9% less money


Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $64,500 as of 2018, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

pay a 86.7% higher top tax rate


Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Hong Kong, approximately 2.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 11.4 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 42.4% more on education


Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 6.4 times more coastline


Hong Kong has a total of 733 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 Hong Kong? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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