Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 26.9% less likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people as of 2016.

be 9.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Malaysia, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Cameroon, that number is 3.6% of people as of 2018.

live 13.6 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Cameroon, that number is 62 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 87.3% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 26.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3% as of 2014.

be 7.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Cameroon, however, that number is 30.0% as of 2001.

pay a 25.0% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 98.4% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Cameroon, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 18.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Cameroon, 529.0 women do as of 2017.

be 17.7% less likely to be literate


In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Cameroon, it is 77.1% as of 2018.

be 4.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 39.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In Malaysia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Cameroon, 60% of the population do as of 2017.

be 71.4% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Cameroon, about 23.2% do as of 2018.

be 20.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Malaysia, approximately 97% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 34.0% less on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Cameroon spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 91.4% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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.

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