Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.3 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Iraq, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

be 94.9% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iraq, that number is 30.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 46.4% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 42.6% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $16,700 as of 2017.

be 4.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iraq, that number is 16.0% as of 2012.

be 6.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Iraq, however, that number is 23.0% as of 2014.

Life

have 40.4% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iraq, there are 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iraq, 79.0 women do as of 2017.

be 46.5% less likely to be literate


In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Iraq, it is 50.1% as of 2018.

be 71.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Iraq, on the other hand, 19.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 39.2% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iraq, about 49.4% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 98.8% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.

Iraq: At a glance

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.

How big is Iraq 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, Ministry of Finance.

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