Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Guatemala instead of Malta, you would:


be 26.6% less likely to be obese

In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people.

live 7.9 years less

In Malta, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 47.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Malta, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 80.0% less on taxes

Malta has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 80.7% less money

Malta has a GDP per capita of $42,000, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Malta, 16.3% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 2.4 times more children

In Malta, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Malta, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 13.7% less likely to be literate

In Malta, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 6.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Malta, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Malta, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guatemala, 78% of the population do.

be 55.4% less likely to have internet access

In Malta, approximately 77.3% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 61.1% less on education

Malta spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 36.1% less on healthcare

Malta spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.


see 2.0 times more coastline

Malta has a total of 197 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala compared to Malta? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Superintendence of the Tax Administration, The World Factbook, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue.


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