Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 27.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 1.3 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 62.6% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

Economy

be 29.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Malawi, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 47.8% less money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 80.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

Life

be 28.2% less likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Malawi, it is 62.1%.

have 19.9% more children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 43.1% more likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 32.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 17.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 90% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

be 77.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Malawi, that number is 9% of people on average (32% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 58.4% less likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Malawi spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 78.1% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% 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 Zimbabwe? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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