Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 14.5% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Botswana, that number is 18.9% of people as of 2016.

live 16.6 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Botswana, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 53.4% lower top tax rate


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7% as of 2016. In Botswana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 63.5% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600 as of 2017, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,000 as of 2017.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Botswana, that number is 20.0% as of 2013.

be 27.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Botswana, however, that number is 19.3% as of 2009.

Life

have 88.3% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Botswana, there are 20.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 28.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Botswana, 144.0 women do as of 2017.

be 8.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Botswana, on the other hand, 26.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 39.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Botswana, 61% of the population do as of 2016.

be 47.0% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 88.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Botswana, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 47.7% more on education


Belgium spends 6.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

How big is Botswana 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, Botswana Unified Revenue Service.

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