Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belgium instead of Australia, you would:

Health

be 23.8% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

live 1.3 years less


In Australia, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 26.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

pay a 19.3% higher top tax rate


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 16.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

have 10.5% fewer children


In Australia, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 22.6% more on education


Australia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 99.7% less coastline


Australia has a total of 25,760 km of coastline. In Belgium, that number is 66 km.

Belgium: At a glance

Belgium is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 30,278 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.

How big is Belgium compared to Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office.

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