Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 43.6% less likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people as of 2016.

live 12.7 years less


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Senegal, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 88.0% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $3,500 as of 2017.

be 14.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Senegal, that number is 48.0% as of 2007.

be 12.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7% as of 2011.

pay a 42.9% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 73.8% more children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Senegal, there are 31.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 10.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Senegal, 315.0 women do as of 2017.

be 44.6% less likely to be literate


In Malaysia, the literacy rate is 93.7% as of 2016. In Senegal, it is 51.9% as of 2017.

be 4.0 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 Senegal, on the other hand, 45.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 35.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Malaysia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Senegal, 65% of the population do as of 2017.

be 43.3% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Senegal, about 46.0% do as of 2018.

be 13.9% 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 Senegal, that number is 83% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 88.6% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Senegal, that number is 531 km.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal 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, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines.

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