Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.2 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Estonia, that number is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 19.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Estonia, that number is 5.9%.

spend 62.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 31.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,800.

be 39.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Estonia, however, that number is 21.1%.

Life

be 28.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Estonia, 9.0 women do.

be 11.8% more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.8 children do.

have 10.6% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Estonia, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 16.7% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Estonia spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.6% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Estonia, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 57.1 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Estonia, that number is 3,794 km.

Estonia: At a glance

Estonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,388 sq km. After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.

How big is Estonia 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, Estonian Tax and Customs Board.

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