Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.0 years less

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

be 10.4% more likely to be obese

In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Croatia, that number is 24.4% of people.


spend 12.1% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Croatia, the top tax rate is 47.2%.

make 47.6% less money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Croatia, the GDP per capita is $24,400.

be 69.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Croatia, that number is 12.4%.

be 29.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Croatia, however, that number is 19.5%.


be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Croatia, on the other hand, 9.3 children do.

have 21.2% fewer children

In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Croatia, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 16.0% less likely to have internet access

In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Croatia, about 72.7% do.


spend 30.3% less on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Croatia spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.4% less on healthcare

Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Croatia, that number is 7.8% of GDP.


see 87.7 times more coastline

Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Croatia, that number is 5,835 km.

Croatia: At a glance

Croatia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 55,974 sq km. The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent communist state under the strong hand of Marshal TITO. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands, along with a majority of Croatia's ethnic Serb population. Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998. The country joined NATO in April 2009 and the EU in July 2013.

How big is Croatia 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, Croatia Tax Administration.


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