If you lived in Australia instead of Malawi, you would:


be 98.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Malawi, 8.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In Australia, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2020.

live 10.7 years longer

In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 72 years (69 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2022. In Australia, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2022.

be 5.0 times more likely to be obese

In Malawi, 5.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people as of 2016.


make 32.5 times more money

Malawi has a GDP per capita of $1,500 as of 2020, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $48,700 as of 2020.

be 74.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Malawi, 20.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Australia, that number is 5.2% as of 2019.

pay a 50.0% higher top tax rate

Malawi has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.


be 98.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Malawi, approximately 349.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Australia, 6.0 women do as of 2017.

be 91.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Malawi, approximately 33.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Australia, on the other hand, 3.0 children do as of 2022.

have 56.0% fewer children

In Malawi, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Australia, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 7.7 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Malawi, approximately 13% of the population has electricity access as of 2019. In Australia, 100% of the population do as of 2020.

be 6.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Malawi, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access as of 2019. In Australia, about 90.0% do as of 2020.


spend 75.9% more on education

Malawi spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Australia spends 5.1% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

spend 33.8% more on healthcare

Malawi spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Australia, that number is 9.9% of GDP as of 2019.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.
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