Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.5 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Guatemala, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.

be 35.9% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 32.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3% as of 2017.

pay a 75.0% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0% as of 2016.

make 71.8% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2017.

be 15.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3% as of 2014.

Life

have 27.3% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guatemala, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Guatemala, 95.0 women do as of 2017.

be 13.0% less likely to be literate


In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Guatemala, it is 81.5% as of 2015.

be 91.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 20.0% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Guatemala, about 65.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 40.4% less on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 91.4% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala 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, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.

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