Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.1 years longer


In Tajikistan, the average life expectancy is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 9.1 times more money


Tajikistan has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 87.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tajikistan, 31.5% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

be 41.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Tajikistan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes


Tajikistan has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

Life

be 60.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Tajikistan, approximately 31.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

be 25.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Tajikistan, approximately 32.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

have 18.0% less children


In Tajikistan, there are approximately 23.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Tajikistan, approximately 20.5% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 33.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tajikistan, approximately 74% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 39.1% less on healthcare


Tajikistan spends 6.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

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 Tajikistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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