Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.8 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Palau, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 50.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Palau, that number is 1.7% as of 2015.

make 49.5% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $14,700 as of 2017.

be 6.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Palau, however, that number is 24.9% as of 2006.

Life

be 14.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Palau, on the other hand, 9.8 children do as of 2020.

have 38.3% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 55.7% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Palau, about 36.0% do as of 2016.

Geography

see 67.5% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau 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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