Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

be 47.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

spend 11.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.

be 10.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7%.

Life

have 23.9% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 25.8% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Germany spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 35.9 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Germany, that number is 2,389 km.

Germany: At a glance

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 348,672 sq km. As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

How big is Germany 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, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

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