Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.2 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

spend 38.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 68.9% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 43.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

be 85.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

Life

have 42.5% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

be 4.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 32.8% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Colombia, about 58.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.8% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 48.2 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).

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