Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 38.9% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Djibouti, that number is 13.5% of people.

live 17.5 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Djibouti, that number is 64 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 92.3% less money


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

be 5.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Djibouti, that number is 40.0%.

be 52.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Djibouti, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Djibouti, there are 23.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 32.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Djibouti, 229.0 women do.

be 13.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Djibouti, on the other hand, 45.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 50.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Djibouti, 50% of the population do.

be 84.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Djibouti, about 13.1% do.

be 10.0% 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 Djibouti, that number is 90% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 65% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 31.8% less on education


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

Geography

see 4.7 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Djibouti, that number is 314 km.

Djibouti: At a glance

Djibouti is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 23,180 sq km. The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas became Djibouti in 1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian one-party state and proceeded to serve as president until 1999. Unrest among the Afar minority during the 1990s led to a civil war that ended in 2001 with a peace accord between Afar rebels and the Somali Issa-dominated government. In 1999, Djibouti's first multiparty presidential elections resulted in the election of Ismail Omar GUELLEH as president; he was reelected to a second term in 2005 and extended his tenure in office via a constitutional amendment, which allowed him to begin a third term in 2011. Djibouti occupies a strategic geographic location at the intersection of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and serves as an important shipping portal for goods entering and leaving the east African highlands and transshipments between Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The government holds longstanding ties to France, which maintains a significant military presence in the country, and has strong ties with the United States. Djibouti hosts several thousand members of US armed services at US-run Camp Lemonnier.

How big is Djibouti compared to Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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