Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 48.4% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.

live 22.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

Economy

be 41.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

spend 34.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 92.1% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 98.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Cameroon, however, that number is 30.0%.

Life

have 3.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 85.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 15.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Cameroon, 55% of the population do.

be 71.1% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 24.4% 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 Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 57.6% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Cameroon spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 61.3% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 6.0 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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.

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