Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.1 years less

In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Tajikistan, that number is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women).


be 29.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed. In Tajikistan, that number is 2.4%.

spend 53.6% less on taxes

Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0%. In Tajikistan, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 89.0% less money

Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,000, while in Tajikistan, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 8.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line. In Tajikistan, however, that number is 31.5%.


be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Malaysia, approximately 40.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tajikistan, 32.0 women do.

have 22.0% more children

In Malaysia, there are approximately 19.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Tajikistan, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Malaysia, approximately 12.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tajikistan, on the other hand, 31.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.0% less likely to have internet access

In Malaysia, approximately 78.8% of the population has internet access. In Tajikistan, about 20.5% do.

be 24.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Malaysia, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Tajikistan, that number is 74% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).


spend 64.3% more on healthcare

Malaysia spends 4.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tajikistan, that number is 6.9% of GDP.

Tajikistan: At a glance

Tajikistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 141,510 sq km. The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia's hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called "basmachi") fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan in 1924, but the USSR designated Tajikistan a separate republic in 1929 and transferred to it much of present-day Sughd province. Ethnic Uzbeks form a substantial minority in Tajikistan. Tajikistan became independent in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union, and experienced a civil war between regional factions from 1992 to 1997. Tajikistan endured several domestic security incidents during 2010-12, including armed conflict between government forces and local strongmen in the Rasht Valley and between government forces and criminal groups in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The country remains the poorest in the former Soviet sphere. Tajikistan became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2013. However, its economy continues to face major challenges, including dependence on remittances from Tajikistanis working in Russia, pervasive corruption, and the major role narcotrafficking plays in the country's informal economy.

How big is Tajikistan compared to Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.


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