Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.2 years less

In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Samoa, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.0 times more likely to be obese

In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people as of 2016.


make 80.4% less money

Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700 as of 2017.

be 52.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Samoa, that number is 5.2% as of 2017.


be 48.3% more likely to die during childbirth

In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Samoa, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 49.1% more likely to die during infancy

In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Samoa, on the other hand, 17.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 58.6% less likely to have internet access

In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Samoa, about 33.6% do as of 2018.


spend 12.8% less on education

Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.


see 91.4% less coastline

Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Samoa, that number is 403 km.

Samoa: At a glance

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

How big is Samoa 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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