Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Belgium, you would:

Health

be 74.7% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 25.2 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 95.9% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 10.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 53.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 21.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 83.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Burkina Faso, 17% of the population do.

be 83.8% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 17.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Belgium, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 36.4% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 52.8% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso 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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