Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 74.4% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 9.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Panama, 1.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 17.1 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 95.3% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 3.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

spend 20.0% more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Malawi, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 34.6% less likely to be literate


In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Malawi, it is 62.1%.

have 2.3 times more children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 4.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 90.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In Panama, 91% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 9% of people on average (32% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 82.2% less likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 46.9% more on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Malawi spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 42.5% more on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malawi, that number is 11.4% of GDP.

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 Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama.

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