Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 4.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Malaysia, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Belize, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

be 54.5% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 71.5% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300 as of 2017.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belize, that number is 9.0% as of 2017.

be 10.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0% as of 2013.

Life

have 20.2% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belize, there are 22.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 24.1% more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belize, 36.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 42.0% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belize, about 47.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 57.4% more on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 91.7% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize compared to Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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