Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malaysia, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 14.8 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 12.6 times more money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

be 69.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 94.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 44.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

Life

be 91.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 61.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

have 44.2% less children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Malaysia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 3.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Malaysia, about 78.8% do.

be 27.7% 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 Malaysia, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.9% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Malaysia spends 4.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 34.4% less on healthcare


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


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

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