Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.7 years less


In Macau, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 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

make 76.1% less money


Macau has a GDP per capita of $122,000 as of 2018, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

be 70.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Macau, 2.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

pay a 2.3 times higher top tax rate


Macau has a top tax rate of 12.0% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 2.3 times more children


In Macau, there are approximately 7.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Macau, approximately 3.1 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 74.1% more on education


Macau spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 114.0 times more coastline


Macau has a total of 41 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 Macau? 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, Secretariat for Economy and Finance.

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