Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Austria instead of Belgium, you would:

Economy

be 24.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Austria, that number is 5.5%.

be 80.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Austria, however, that number is 3.0%.

Life

be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Austria, 4.0 women do.

have 15.9% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Austria, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 18.2% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Austria spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

Austria: At a glance

Austria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 82,445 sq km. Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.

How big is Austria compared to Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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