Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.7 years less

In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 51.9% more likely to be obese

In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people as of 2016.


make 79.7% less money

Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,900 as of 2017.

be 88.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.4% as of 2017.

be 7.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6% as of 2015.


be 6.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Nicaragua, 198.0 women do as of 2017.

be 11.8% less likely to be literate

In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Nicaragua, it is 82.6% as of 2015.

be 44.7% more likely to die during infancy

In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 16.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.2% less likely to have access to electricity

In Malaysia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Nicaragua, 82% of the population do as of 2016.

be 65.7% less likely to have internet access

In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Nicaragua, about 27.9% do as of 2018.

be 14.1% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 83% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas) as of 2017.


see 80.5% less coastline

Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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