Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 44.2% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 42.9% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0% as of 2016.

make 15.5% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,600 as of 2017.

be 44.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Romania, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

be 5.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4% as of 2012.

Life

be 34.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Romania, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 23.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Romania, on the other hand, 8.7 children do as of 2020.

have 53.6% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Romania, there are 8.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.0% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Romania, about 70.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 34.0% less on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 95.2% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Romania 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, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF).

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