Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.6 years longer


In Barbados, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Barbados has a GDP per capita of $18,700, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 30.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Barbados, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 60.3% more on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 74.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Barbados, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 66.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Barbados, approximately 10.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Expenditures

spend 29.4% more on education


Barbados spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 41.3% more on healthcare


Barbados spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 31.4% less coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 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 Barbados? 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, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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