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

Health

be 21.6% less likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.

live 6.6 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 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 69.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

be 87.3% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8% as of 2009.

pay a 42.6% lower top tax rate

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

make 23.8% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,200 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

Life

have 2.2 times more children

In Italy, 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 14.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 2.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.2 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 23.7% more on education

Italy spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 38.5% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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.
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