Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.5 years longer


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 32.1% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 75.9% more money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,200 as of 2017.

be 97.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Sweden, that number is 6.7% as of 2017.

be 3.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0% as of 2014.

pay a 2.0 times higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1% as of 2016.

Life

be 86.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sweden, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 77.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do as of 2020.

have 33.9% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.5% more likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sweden, about 92.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 63.8% more on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 31.2% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Skatteverket.

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