Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.9 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 26.8% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

Economy

make 7.8 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 89.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

be 36.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

Life

be 81.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 47.4% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Malaysia, it is 94.6%.

be 65.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

have 19.4% fewer children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.5 times more 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 Malaysia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 8.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 2.5 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 Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

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 Papua New Guinea? 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, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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