Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.2 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Fiji, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 93.6% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Fiji, that number is 30.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 28.6% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Fiji, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 66.3% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Fiji, the GDP per capita is $9,800 as of 2017.

be 32.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Fiji, that number is 4.5% as of 2017.

be 8.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Fiji, however, that number is 31.0% as of 2009.

Life

be 22.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Fiji, on the other hand, 8.8 children do as of 2020.

be 17.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Fiji, 34.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 38.5% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Fiji, about 50.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 17.0% less on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Fiji spends 3.9% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 75.9% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Fiji, that number is 1,129 km.

Fiji: At a glance

Fiji is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,274 sq km. Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and initially refused to hold elections. In 2012, he promised to hold elections in 2014.

How big is Fiji 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, Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority.

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