Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 42.9% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 50.5% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,400 as of 2017.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Colombia, that number is 9.3% as of 2017.

be 7.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0% as of 2017.

pay a 17.9% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 2.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Colombia, 83.0 women do as of 2017.

have 15.8% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Colombia, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 23.3% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Colombia, about 62.3% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 31.4% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).

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