Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 98.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Swaziland, 27.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Malaysia, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 17.3 years longer


In Swaziland, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020. In Malaysia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


Swaziland has a GDP per capita of $10,100 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

be 87.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Swaziland, 28.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

be 94.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Swaziland, 63.0% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8% as of 2009.

pay a 15.2% lower top tax rate


Swaziland has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 93.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Swaziland, approximately 437.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 73.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Swaziland, approximately 42.8 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 25.3% fewer children


In Swaziland, there are approximately 24.5 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 52.0% more likely to have access to electricity


In Swaziland, approximately 66% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Malaysia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 72.8% more likely to have internet access


In Swaziland, approximately 47.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Malaysia, about 81.2% do as of 2018.

be 23.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Swaziland, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (97% 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.

Expenditures

spend 33.8% less on education


Swaziland spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

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 Swaziland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Swaziland Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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