Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 17.1 years longer

In Mauritania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Malta, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese

In Mauritania, 12.7% of adults are obese. In Malta, that number is 28.9% of people.


make 9.5 times more money

Mauritania has a GDP per capita of $4,400, while in Malta, the GDP per capita is $42,000.

be 62.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Mauritania, 11.7% of adults are unemployed. In Malta, that number is 4.4%.

be 47.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Mauritania, 31.0% live below the poverty line. In Malta, however, that number is 16.3%.

spend 12.5% less on taxes

Mauritania has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Malta, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


be 98.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Mauritania, approximately 602.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malta, 9.0 women do.

be 81.2% more likely to be literate

In Mauritania, the literacy rate is 52.1%. In Malta, it is 94.4%.

be 93.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Mauritania, approximately 51.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malta, on the other hand, 3.5 children do.

have 66.8% fewer children

In Mauritania, there are approximately 30.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Malta, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.6 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Mauritania, 28% of the population has electricity access. In Malta, 100% of the population do.

be 4.3 times more likely to have internet access

In Mauritania, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access. In Malta, about 77.3% do.

be 72.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Mauritania, approximately 58% of people have improved drinking water access (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In Malta, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 2.8 times more on education

Mauritania spends 2.6% of its total GDP on education. Malta spends 7.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.6 times more on healthcare

Mauritania spends 3.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malta, that number is 9.7% of GDP.


see 73.9% less coastline

Mauritania has a total of 754 km of coastline. In Malta, that number is 197 km.

Malta: At a glance

Malta is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 316 sq km. Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964; a decade later it declared itself a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

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

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


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