Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malawi instead of Papua New Guinea, you would:

Health

be 72.8% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 10.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 5.6 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

spend 28.6% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Malawi, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 67.6% less money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 8.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

be 37.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

Life

have 73.0% more children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 19.6% more likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 40% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 90% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

be 50.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 9% of people on average (32% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.7 times more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% 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 Papua New Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

question_answer HAVE A QUESTION? ASK THE COMMUNITY

Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about Malawi. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.

Share this