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


be 87.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Malawi, 8.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In Thailand, that number is 1.0% of people as of 2020.

live 5.2 years longer

In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 72 years (69 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2022. In Thailand, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2022.

be 72.4% more likely to be obese

In Malawi, 5.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people as of 2016.


make 11.5 times more money

Malawi has a GDP per capita of $1,500 as of 2020, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,300 as of 2020.

be 95.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Malawi, 20.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Thailand, that number is 1.0% as of 2019.

be 80.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Malawi, 51.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Thailand, however, that number is 9.9% as of 2018.

pay a 16.7% higher top tax rate

Malawi has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Thailand, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.


be 89.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Malawi, approximately 349.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Thailand, 37.0 women do as of 2017.

be 51.0% more likely to be literate

In Malawi, the literacy rate is 62.1% as of 2015. In Thailand, it is 93.8% as of 2018.

be 80.6% 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 Thailand, on the other hand, 6.5 children do as of 2022.

have 63.7% fewer children

In Malawi, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Thailand, there are 10.1 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 Thailand, 100% of the population do as of 2020.

be 5.6 times more likely to have internet access

In Malawi, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access as of 2019. In Thailand, about 78.0% do as of 2020.


spend 48.6% less on healthcare

Malawi spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Thailand, that number is 3.8% of GDP as of 2019.

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

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.
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