Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.6 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

spend 37.6% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.

make 59.9% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 43.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

Life

be 3.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

Expenditures

spend 22.7% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 29.2% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 45.9% more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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