Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.1 years less

In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 10.9% more likely to be obese

In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.


be 86.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 62.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 75.8% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 59.4% less money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.


be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 17.8% less likely to have internet access

In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.


spend 24.2% less on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Belarus spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 46.2% less on healthcare

Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

How big is Belarus 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 for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.


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