Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 32.1% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people.

live 29.0 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Gabon, that number is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

spend 34.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Gabon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 58.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $19,200.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Gabon, that number is 28.0%.

be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3%.

Life

have 3.0 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Gabon, there are 34.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 41.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Gabon, 291.0 women do.

be 13.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gabon, on the other hand, 44.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Gabon, 89% of the population do.

be 44.4% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Gabon, about 48.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 59.1% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Gabon spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 67.9% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Gabon, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 13.3 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon 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, General Direction of Taxes.

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