Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 21.9 years longer


In Somalia, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 56 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 88.0% more likely to be obese


In Somalia, 8.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.

Life

be 96.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Somalia, approximately 829.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 87.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Somalia, approximately 89.5 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.

have 52.7% fewer children


In Somalia, there are approximately 38.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 5.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Somalia, approximately 17% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Malaysia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 40.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Somalia, approximately 2.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Malaysia, about 81.2% do as of 2018.

be 15.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Somalia, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Malaysia, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 54.5% more coastline


Somalia has a total of 3,025 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 Somalia? 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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