Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.9 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Kazakhstan, that number is 72 years (67 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 34.6% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kazakhstan, that number is 21.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 31.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Kazakhstan, however, that number is 2.6% as of 2016.

pay a 64.3% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Kazakhstan, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

be 47.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Kazakhstan, that number is 5.0% as of 2017.

Life

be 65.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Kazakhstan, 10.0 women do as of 2017.

be 57.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Kazakhstan, on the other hand, 17.9 children do as of 2020.

have 10.4% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Kazakhstan, there are 16.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 40.4% less on education


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

Kazakhstan: At a glance

Kazakhstan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 2,699,700 sq km. Ethnic Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated to the region by the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century, and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. During the 1950s and 1960s agricultural "Virgin Lands" program, Soviet citizens were encouraged to help cultivate Kazakhstan's northern pastures. This influx of immigrants (mostly Russians, but also some other deported nationalities) skewed the ethnic mixture and enabled non-ethnic Kazakhs to outnumber natives. Non-Muslim ethnic minorities departed Kazakhstan in large numbers from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s and a national program has repatriated about a million ethnic Kazakhs back to Kazakhstan. These trends have allowed Kazakhs to become the titular majority again. This dramatic demographic shift has also undermined the previous religious diversity and made the country more than 70 percent Muslim. Kazakhstan's economy is larger than those of all the other Central Asian states largely due to the country's vast natural resources. Current issues include: developing a cohesive national identity; managing Islamic revivalism; expanding the development of the country's vast energy resources and exporting them to world markets; diversifying the economy outside the oil, gas, and mining sectors; enhancing Kazakhstan's economic competitiveness; developing a multiparty parliament and advancing political and social reform; and strengthening relations with neighboring states and other foreign powers.

How big is Kazakhstan 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, Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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