Southeast Asia is underrepresented on this list, but Malaysia makes it just under the cut at No. 43 with a relatively high $354.3 billion GDP that places it No. 38 in the world.
Dragging it down the list is what troubles much of this region, average income. On average, workers earn just $10,460 per year, putting Malaysia No. 92 in the world.
Malaysia also falters a bit in the SPI at No. 50. Boosting Malaysia’s SPI score is high ratings in access to water and sanitation, shelter, nutrition and basic medical care.
Malaysia struggles in inclusiveness, access to advanced education and personal rights with scores of 40.98, 45.4 and 58.9, respectively.