Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Belarus, you would:

Health

live 5.7 years longer


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

make 10.6% less money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 8.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

be 3.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

spend 15.4% more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

have 50.5% more children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

Expenditures

spend 42.0% more on education


Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 63.2% more on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

question_answer HAVE A QUESTION? ASK THE COMMUNITY

Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about Costa Rica. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.

Share this