Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malaysia instead of Saudi Arabia, you would:

Health

be 55.9% less likely to be obese


In Saudi Arabia, 35.4% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

Economy

be 41.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Saudi Arabia, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

make 47.1% less money


Saudi Arabia has a GDP per capita of $54,800, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

Life

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 12.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 10.6% less on healthcare


Saudi Arabia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 77.1% more coastline


Saudi Arabia has a total of 2,640 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 Saudi Arabia? 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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