Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 18.6% less likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people as of 2016.

live 11.4 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Mauritania, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 84.5% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,500 as of 2017.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Mauritania, that number is 10.2% as of 2017.

be 8.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0% as of 2014.

pay a 42.9% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 58.5% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Mauritania, there are 29.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 26.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mauritania, 766.0 women do as of 2017.

be 42.9% less likely to be literate


In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Mauritania, it is 53.5% as of 2017.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 47.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 58.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Malaysia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Mauritania, 42% of the population do as of 2017.

be 74.4% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritania, about 20.8% do as of 2018.

be 12.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Malaysia, approximately 97% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Mauritania, that number is 84% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 44.7% less on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 83.9% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Mauritania, that number is 754 km.

Mauritania: At a glance

Mauritania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,030,700 sq km. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

How big is Mauritania 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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