Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.8 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Malaysia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 71.8% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 98.0% more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

be 84.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8% as of 2009.

be 100.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

Life

have 61.9% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 11.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Malaysia, about 81.2% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 3.1 times more coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.

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 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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