Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 71.9% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 5.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 46.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 78.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 16.2% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

make 64.2% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

Life

be 3.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 38.5% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 48.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 218.0 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China 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, State Administration of Taxation.

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