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


be 97.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Malawi, 8.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In India, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2017.

be 32.8% less likely to be obese

In Malawi, 5.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In India, that number is 3.9% of people as of 2016.

live 5.2 years less

In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 72 years (69 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2022. In India, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2022.


make 4.1 times more money

Malawi has a GDP per capita of $1,500 as of 2020, while in India, the GDP per capita is $6,100 as of 2020.

be 58.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Malawi, 20.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In India, that number is 8.5% as of 2017.

be 57.5% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Malawi, 51.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In India, however, that number is 21.9% as of 2011.

pay a 18.5% higher top tax rate

Malawi has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In India, the top tax rate is 35.5% as of 2016.


be 58.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Malawi, approximately 349.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In India, 145.0 women do as of 2017.

be 19.8% more likely to be literate

In Malawi, the literacy rate is 62.1% as of 2015. In India, it is 74.4% as of 2018.

have 39.8% fewer children

In Malawi, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In India, there are 16.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 7.6 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Malawi, approximately 13% of people have electricity access (55% in urban areas, and 5% in rural areas) as of 2019. In India, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2019.

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Malawi, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access as of 2019. In India, about 43.0% do as of 2020.


spend 59.5% less on healthcare

Malawi spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In India, that number is 3.0% of GDP as of 2019.

spend 20.7% more on education

Malawi spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. India spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

India: At a glance

India is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 2,973,193 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world's oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Islam spread across the subcontinent over a period of 700 years. In the 10th and 11th centuries, Turks and Afghans invaded India and established the Delhi Sultanate. In the early 16th century, the Emperor BABUR established the Mughal Dynasty which ruled India for more than three centuries. European explorers began establishing footholds in India during the 16th century. By the 19th century, Great Britain had become the dominant political power on the subcontinent. The British Indian Army played a vital role in both World Wars. Years of nonviolent resistance to British rule, led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU, eventually resulted in Indian independence, which was granted in 1947. Large-scale communal violence took place before and after the subcontinent partition into two separate states - India and Pakistan. The neighboring nations have fought three wars since independence, the last of which was in 1971 and resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear weapons tests in 1998 emboldened Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. In November 2008, terrorists originating from Pakistan conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, economic growth following the launch of economic reforms in 1991 and a massive youthful population are driving India's emergence as a regional and global power.
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