Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 51.3% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 17.9% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0% as of 2016.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Latvia, that number is 8.7% as of 2017.

be 6.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5% as of 2015.

Life

be 34.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Latvia, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 56.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.0 children do as of 2020.

have 49.7% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Latvia, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 12.8% more on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 89.3% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: State Revenue Service, Latvia, The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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