Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malawi instead of Palau, you would:

Health

be 89.5% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people as of 2016.

live 10.9 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Malawi, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 91.8% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200 as of 2017.

be 12.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Malawi, that number is 20.4% as of 2013.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7% as of 2010.

Life

have 3.5 times more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malawi, there are 40.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 35.7% less likely to be literate


In Palau, the literacy rate is 96.6% as of 2015. In Malawi, it is 62.1% as of 2015.

be 4.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malawi, on the other hand, 39.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 88.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In Palau, approximately 99% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Malawi, that number is 11% of people on average (42% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 61.7% less likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Malawi, about 13.8% do as of 2018.

be 11.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Palau, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Malawi, that number is 89% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi compared to Palau? 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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