Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 9.1 years longer

In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 15.9% less likely to be obese

In Belarus, 24.5% of adults are obese. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people.


make 2.7 times more money

Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 6.6 times more likely to be unemployed

In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

spend 4.4 times more on taxes

Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.


be 27.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 17.5% more children

In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 28.7% more likely to have internet access

In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% do.


spend 54.0% more on education

Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare

Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Skatteverket.


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