Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.1 years less

In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Brazil, that number is 74 years (70 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 72.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Brazil, however, that number is 4.2%.

spend 48.8% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Brazil, the top tax rate is 27.5%.

make 66.5% less money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Brazil, the GDP per capita is $15,600.

be 61.6% more likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Brazil, that number is 11.8%.


have 24.8% more children

In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Brazil, there are 14.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Brazil, 44.0 women do.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Brazil, on the other hand, 17.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 31.0% less likely to have internet access

In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Brazil, about 59.7% do.


spend 10.6% less on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Brazil spends 5.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 21.7% less on healthcare

Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Brazil, that number is 8.3% of GDP.


see 112.6 times more coastline

Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Brazil, that number is 7,491 km.

Brazil: At a glance

Brazil is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 8,358,140 sq km. Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889. Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio VARGAS rose to power in 1930. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil underwent more than a half century of populist and military government until 1985, when the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers. Brazil continues to pursue industrial and agricultural growth and development of its interior. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is today South America's leading economic power and a regional leader, one of the first in the area to begin an economic recovery. High income inequality and crime remain pressing problems, as well as recent years' slow down in economic growth.

How big is Brazil 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, Secretaria da Receita Federal do Brasil.


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