United States compared to Belgium

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If you moved to Belgium from United States, you would..


make 21.6% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Belgium Belgium ($44,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $44,900.
Category: United States vs. Belgium - GDP Per Capita

pay 35.6% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Belgium Belgium (53.7% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Belgium, the top marginal tax rate is 53.7%.
Category: United States vs. Belgium - Tax Rate

consume 41.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Belgium Belgium (7,099 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Belgium, that number is 7,099 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Belgium - Electricity Consumption

be 41.4% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Belgium Belgium (3.4 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Belgium - Infant Mortality

be 78.7% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Belgium Belgium (8.4% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 8.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Belgium - Unemployment

see 99.7% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Belgium Belgium (66.5 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Belgium, that number is 66.5 km.
Category: United States vs. Belgium - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Service Public Fédéral Finances.


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A brief history of Belgium

Belgium is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 30,528 sq km. Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.

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