Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Belgium, you would:

Health

live 2.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 16.3% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

spend 72.1% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 63.7% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 11.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

be 43.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

Life

have 37.2% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.7% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 12.3% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 19.4 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica 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 General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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