Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malawi instead of Tanzania, you would:

Health

be 31.0% less likely to be obese


In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 2.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tanzania, 4.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 0.9 years less


In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 62.5% less money


Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 98.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Tanzania, 22.8% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

Life

have 15.2% more children


In Tanzania, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 59.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Tanzania, approximately 398.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 20.3% less likely to be literate


In Tanzania, the literacy rate is 77.9%. In Malawi, it is 62.1%.

Basic Needs

be 62.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tanzania, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 90% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

be 62.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In Tanzania, 24% of people have electricity access (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 9% of people on average (32% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 26.2% less likely to have internet access


In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 34.3% more on education


Tanzania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Malawi spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.0 times more on healthcare


Tanzania spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malawi, that number is 11.4% of GDP.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi compared to Tanzania? 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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