Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 77.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malaysia, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 1.5 years longer

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 36.8% less likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.


make 3.2 times more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 67.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 77.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 12.0% more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.


be 55.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 75.1% more likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.


spend 11.1% less on education

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 22.2% less on healthcare

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.


see 4.6 times more coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 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 Jamaica? 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, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.


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