Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 65.2% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Guinea, that number is 7.7% of people.

live 20.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Guinea, that number is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women).

Economy

be 61.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Guinea, that number is 2.8%.

spend 25.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Guinea, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

make 95.7% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Guinea, the GDP per capita is $2,000.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Guinea, however, that number is 47.0%.

Life

have 3.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Guinea, there are 35.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 97.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Guinea, 679.0 women do.

be 14.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guinea, on the other hand, 50.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guinea, 26% of the population do.

be 88.7% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Guinea, about 9.8% do.

be 23.2% 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 Guinea, that number is 77% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 63.6% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Guinea spends 2.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.2% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guinea, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 4.8 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Guinea, that number is 320 km.

Guinea: At a glance

Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 245,717 sq km. Guinea is at a turning point after decades of authoritarian rule since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Guinea held its first free and competitive democratic presidential and legislative elections in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Alpha CONDE was elected to a five year term as president in 2010, and the National Assembly was seated in January 2014. CONDE's cabinet is the first all-civilian government in Guinea. Previously, Sekou TOURE ruled the country as president from independence to his death in 1984. Lansana CONTE came to power in 1984 when the military seized the government after TOURE's death. Gen. CONTE organized and won presidential elections in 1993, 1998, and 2003, though all the polls were rigged. Upon CONTE's death in December 2008, Capt. Moussa Dadis CAMARA led a military coup, seizing power and suspending the constitution. His unwillingness to yield to domestic and international pressure to step down led to heightened political tensions that culminated in September 2009 when presidential guards opened fire on an opposition rally killing more than 150 people, and in early December 2009 when CAMARA was wounded in an assassination attempt and exiled to Burkina Faso. A transitional government led by Gen. Sekouba KONATE paved the way for Guinea's transition to a fledgling democracy.

How big is Guinea 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, Ministry of Economy and Finance.

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