Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.2 years longer

In Moldova, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 17.5% less likely to be obese

In Moldova, 18.9% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.


make 5.1 times more money

Moldova has a GDP per capita of $5,700, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 17.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Moldova, 4.1% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 60.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Moldova, 9.6% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 55.6% more on taxes

Moldova has a top tax rate of 18.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.


have 66.1% more children

In Moldova, there are approximately 11.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 73.9% more likely to die during childbirth

In Moldova, approximately 23.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 11.0% more likely to have internet access

In Moldova, approximately 71.0% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 11.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Moldova, approximately 88% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).


spend 28.4% less on education

Moldova spends 6.7% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 59.2% less on healthcare

Moldova spends 10.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

Malaysia: At a glance

Malaysia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 328,657 sq km. During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore, as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo, joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's independence were marred by a communist insurgency, Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's withdrawal in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to the development of manufacturing, services, and tourism. Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (in office since April 2009) has continued these pro-business policies and has introduced some civil reforms.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, State tax Service.


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