Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 60.3% less likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 13.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In China, however, that number is 3.3% as of 2016.

make 37.5% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2018.

be 14.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In China, that number is 3.9% as of 2017.

pay a 60.7% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 36.6% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In China, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 33.1% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In China, about 54.3% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 3.1 times more coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China 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, State Administration of Taxation.

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