Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.8 years longer


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Libya, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 79 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 Libya, that number is 32.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 64.3% lower top tax rate


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

make 67.0% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $9,600 as of 2017.

be 8.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Libya, that number is 30.0% as of 2004.

Life

have 25.7% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Libya, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Libya, 72.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 73.2% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Libya, about 21.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 62.1% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya 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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