Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 23.3% more likely to be obese


In Belarus, 24.5% of adults are obese. In Fiji, that number is 30.2% of people.

Economy

make 48.1% less money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Fiji, the GDP per capita is $9,800.

be 5.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Fiji, that number is 5.5%.

be 5.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Fiji, however, that number is 31.0%.

spend 53.8% more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Fiji, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

Life

have 80.6% more children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Fiji, there are 18.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Fiji, 30.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Fiji, on the other hand, 9.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belarus, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Fiji, 59% of the population do.

be 34.6% less likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Fiji, about 46.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.0% less on education


Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Fiji spends 3.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 21.1% less on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Fiji, that number is 4.5% of GDP.

Fiji: At a glance

Fiji is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,274 sq km. Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and initially refused to hold elections. In 2012, he promised to hold elections in 2014.

How big is Fiji 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, Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority.

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