Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.4 years longer


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Lebanon, that number is 78 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.1 times more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Lebanon, that number is 32.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 28.6% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Lebanon, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 32.6% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Lebanon, the GDP per capita is $19,600 as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Lebanon, that number is 9.7% as of 2007.

be 7.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Lebanon, however, that number is 28.6% as of 2004.

Life

be 40.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Lebanon, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2020.

have 25.7% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Lebanon, there are 13.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 46.8% less on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Lebanon spends 2.5% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 95.2% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Lebanon, that number is 225 km.

Lebanon: At a glance

Lebanon is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 10,230 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French demarcated the region of Lebanon in 1920 and granted this area independence in 1943. Since independence the country has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade. The country's 1975-90 civil war that resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities, was followed by years of social and political instability. Sectarianism is a key element of Lebanese political life. Neighboring Syria has long influenced Lebanon's foreign policy and internal policies, and its military occupied Lebanon from 1976 until 2005. The Lebanon-based Hizballah militia and Israel continued attacks and counterattacks against each other after Syria's withdrawal, and fought a brief war in 2006. Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel remain unresolved.

How big is Lebanon 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, Lebanon.

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