Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Papua New Guinea instead of Malaysia, you would:

Health

live 8.1 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020.

be 36.5% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 26.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5% as of 2017.

make 87.3% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 9.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0% as of 2002.

pay a 50.0% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 23.0% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, there are 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, 145.0 women do as of 2017.

be 31.5% less likely to be literate


In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2% as of 2015.

be 2.9 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 Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 33.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 77.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In Malaysia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, 23% of the population do as of 2016.

be 86.2% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, about 11.2% do as of 2018.

be 55.5% 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 43% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 10.2% more coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

How big is Papua New Guinea 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, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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