Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.7 years longer


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 14.8% more money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

spend 23.1% less on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

be 6.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

be 4.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.

Life

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

have 15.5% less children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.4% more on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria compared to Belarus? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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