Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 21.5% less likely to be obese


In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

live 1.7 years less


In Malta, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

spend 28.6% less on taxes


Malta has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 39.5% less money


Malta has a GDP per capita of $42,000, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 25.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Malta, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

be 41.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Malta, 16.3% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

have 77.2% more children


In Malta, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malta, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Malta, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.1% less likely to have internet access


In Malta, approximately 77.3% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 55.6% less on education


Malta spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 17.5% less on healthcare


Malta spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 12.7 times more coastline


Malta has a total of 197 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue.

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