Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Malta instead of Ireland, you would:


be 14.2% more likely to be obese

In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese. In Malta, that number is 28.9% of people.


be 31.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Ireland, 6.4% of adults are unemployed. In Malta, that number is 4.4%.

spend 27.1% less on taxes

Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0%. In Malta, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 44.4% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $75,500, while in Malta, the GDP per capita is $42,000.

be 98.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 8.2% live below the poverty line. In Malta, however, that number is 16.3%.


have 28.4% fewer children

In Ireland, there are approximately 14.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Malta, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 46.9% more on education

Ireland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Malta spends 7.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 24.4% more on healthcare

Ireland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malta, that number is 9.7% of GDP.


see 86.4% less coastline

Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In Malta, that number is 197 km.

Malta: At a glance

Malta is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 316 sq km. Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964; a decade later it declared itself a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

How big is Malta compared to Ireland? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue.


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