Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 3.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Malaysia, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Barbados, that number is 1.5% of people as of 2018.

be 48.1% more likely to be obese

In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.


make 36.1% less money

Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,600 as of 2017.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Barbados, that number is 10.1% as of 2017.

pay a 19.6% higher top tax rate

Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5% as of 2016.


be 15.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Barbados, on the other hand, 9.6 children do as of 2020.

have 38.3% fewer children

In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Barbados, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.


see 97.9% less coastline

Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to Malaysia? 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, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.


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