Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 3.4 years longer


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Macedonia, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

spend 23.1% less on taxes


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

make 21.2% less money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Macedonia, the GDP per capita is $14,900.

be 23.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Macedonia, that number is 23.4%.

be 3.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Macedonia, however, that number is 21.5%.

Life

have 10.7% more children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Macedonia, there are 11.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Macedonia, 8.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Macedonia, on the other hand, 7.4 children do.

Expenditures

spend 14.0% more on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Macedonia, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Macedonia: At a glance

Macedonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 25,433 sq km. Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution are ongoing. Since 2004, the US and over 130 other nations have recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanian grievances over perceived political and economic inequities escalated into an insurgency in 2001 that eventually led to the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the fighting and established guidelines for constitutional amendments and the creation of new laws that enhanced the rights of minorities. Although Macedonia became an EU candidate in 2005, the country still faces challenges, including fully implementing the Framework Agreement, improving relations with Bulgaria, carrying out democratic reforms, and stimulating economic growth and development. Macedonia's membership in NATO was blocked by Greece at the Alliance's Summit of Bucharest in 2008.

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


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

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