Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 10.6 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 2.9 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

Economy

make 3.9 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 82.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

Life

be 79.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 18.4% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Malaysia, it is 94.6%.

be 74.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

have 19.1% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.4% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 4.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 29.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 65.5% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

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 Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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