If you lived in Maldives instead of Thailand, you would:


be 14.0% less likely to be obese

In Thailand, 10.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Maldives, that number is 8.6% of people as of 2016.


be 17.2% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Thailand, 9.9% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Maldives, however, that number is 8.2% as of 2016.

make 24.9% less money

Thailand has a GDP per capita of $17,300 as of 2020, while in Maldives, the GDP per capita is $13,000 as of 2020.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Thailand, 1.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Maldives, that number is 2.9% as of 2017.


have 53.3% more children

In Thailand, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Maldives, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 43.2% more likely to die during childbirth

In Thailand, approximately 37.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Maldives, 53.0 women do as of 2017.

be 4.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Thailand, approximately 6.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Maldives, on the other hand, 25.7 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 19.2% less likely to have internet access

In Thailand, approximately 78.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Maldives, about 63.0% do as of 2020.


spend 36.7% more on education

Thailand spends 3.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. Maldives spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2019.

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare

Thailand spends 3.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Maldives, that number is 8.0% of GDP as of 2019.


see 80.0% less coastline

Thailand has a total of 3,219 km of coastline. In Maldives, that number is 644 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Maldives: At a glance

Maldives is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298 sq km. A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, the president and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. President NASHEED faced a number of challenges including strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. In early February 2012, after several weeks of street protests following his sacking of a top judge, NASHEED resigned the presidency and handed over power to Vice President Mohammed WAHEED Hassan Maniku. In mid-2012, a Commission of National Inquiry was set by the government to probe events leading up to NASHEED's resignation. Though the commission found no evidence of a coup, the report recommended the need to strengthen the country's democratic institutions to avert similar events in the future, and to further investigate alleged police misconduct during the crisis. Maldivian officials have played a prominent role in international climate change discussions (due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise) on the UN Human Rights Council and in other international forums, as well as in encouraging regional cooperation, especially between India and Pakistan.
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