Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.5 years less


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

Economy

make 43.6% more money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Greenland, the GDP per capita is $41,800 as of 2015.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Greenland, that number is 9.1% as of 2015.

be 4.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Greenland, however, that number is 16.2% as of 2015.

Life

be 27.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Greenland, on the other hand, 8.3 children do as of 2020.

have 23.0% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Greenland, there are 14.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.4% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Greenland, about 69.5% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 9.4 times more coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Greenland, that number is 44,087 km.

Greenland: At a glance

Greenland is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 2,166,086 sq km. Greenland, the world's largest island, is about 81% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century, and Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark in 1953. It joined the European Community (now the EU) with Denmark in 1973 but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute centered on stringent fishing quotas. Greenland was granted self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament; the law went into effect the following year. Greenland voted in favor of increased self-rule in November 2008 and acquired greater responsibility for internal affairs when the Act on Greenland Self-Government was signed into law in June 2009. Denmark, however, continues to exercise control over several policy areas on behalf of Greenland including foreign affairs, security, and financial policy in consultation with Greenland's Self-Rule Government.

How big is Greenland compared to Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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