Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.1 years longer

In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 2.5 times more money

Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 7.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 4.1 times more on taxes

Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 75.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 21.7% more likely to have internet access

In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 32.0% more on education

Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 86.0% more on healthcare

Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

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 Belarus? 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 for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.


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