Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.2 years longer


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 59.6% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Greece, that number is 24.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 6.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Greece, that number is 21.5% as of 2017.

be 9.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Greece, however, that number is 36.0% as of 2014.

pay a 71.4% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Greece, the top tax rate is 48.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 89.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Greece, 3.0 women do as of 2017.

be 67.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Greece, on the other hand, 3.7 children do as of 2020.

have 57.4% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Greece, there are 7.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 10.2% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Greece, about 73.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 2.9 times more coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

How big is Greece 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, GSIS, Greece.

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