Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 12.5 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

make 82.4% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 52.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0%.

Life

have 36.3% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 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 Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 8.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guyana, 79% of the population do.

be 58.7% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 51.5% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 50.9% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 6.9 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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