Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 35.6% less likely to be obese


In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Turkmenistan, that number is 18.6% of people as of 2016.

live 11.5 years less


In Malta, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Turkmenistan, that number is 71 years (68 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 98.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Malta, 16.3% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Turkmenistan, however, that number is 0.2% as of 2012.

make 56.6% less money


Malta has a GDP per capita of $41,900 as of 2017, while in Turkmenistan, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malta, 4.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Turkmenistan, that number is 11.0% as of 2014.

Life

have 84.8% more children


In Malta, there are approximately 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Turkmenistan, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Malta, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Turkmenistan, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

be 6.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Malta, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Turkmenistan, on the other hand, 30.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 73.9% less likely to have internet access


In Malta, approximately 81.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Turkmenistan, about 21.2% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 41.5% less on education


Malta spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Turkmenistan spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2012.

Turkmenistan: At a glance

Turkmenistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 469,930 sq km. Present-day Turkmenistan covers territory that has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. The area was ruled in antiquity by various Persian empires, and was conquered by Alexander the Great, Muslim crusaders, the Mongols, Turkic warriors, and eventually the Russians. In medieval times Merv (today known as Mary) was one of the great cities of the Islamic world and an important stop on the Silk Road. Annexed by Russia in the late 1800s, Turkmenistan later figured prominently in the anti-Bolshevik movement in Central Asia. In 1924, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic; it achieved independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Extensive hydrocarbon/natural gas reserves, which have yet to be fully exploited, have begun to transform the country. Turkmenistan is moving to expand its extraction and delivery projects. The Government of Turkmenistan is actively working to diversify its gas export routes beyond the still important Russian pipeline network. In 2010, new gas export pipelines that carry Turkmen gas to China and to northern Iran began operating, effectively ending the Russian monopoly on Turkmen gas exports. President for Life Saparmurat NYYAZOW died in December 2006, and Turkmenistan held its first multi-candidate presidential election in February 2007. Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, a deputy cabinet chairman under NYYAZOW, emerged as the country's new president; he was chosen as president again in February 2012, in an election that the OSCE said lacked the freedoms necessary to create a competitive environment.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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