Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of Malawi, you would:
live 3.7 years longer
In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 72 years (69 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2022. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.
make 10.9 times more money
Malawi has a GDP per capita of $1,500 as of 2020, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.
be 82.2% less likely to be unemployed
In Malawi, 20.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In China, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
be 98.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Malawi, 51.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In China, however, that number is 0.6% as of 2019.
pay a 50.0% higher top tax rate
Malawi has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 91.7% less likely to die during childbirth
In Malawi, approximately 349.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 55.9% more likely to be literate
In Malawi, the literacy rate is 62.1% as of 2015. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.
be 79.8% 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 China, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2022.
have 64.5% fewer children
In Malawi, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
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 China, 100% of the population do as of 2020.
be 5.0 times more likely to have internet access
In Malawi, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access as of 2019. In China, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
spend 27.0% less on healthcare
Malawi spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In China, that number is 5.4% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 20.7% more on education
Malawi spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. China spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation.
China: At a glance
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