Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Ireland instead of Belgium, you would:
be 14.5% more likely to be obese
In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ireland, that number is 25.3% of people as of 2016.
make 57.1% more money
Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600 as of 2017, while in Ireland, the GDP per capita is $73,200 as of 2017.
be 45.7% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Ireland, however, that number is 8.2% as of 2013.
pay a 10.6% lower top tax rate
Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7% as of 2016. In Ireland, the top tax rate is 48.0% as of 2016.
have 17.1% more children
In Belgium, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ireland, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
spend 43.1% less on education
Belgium spends 6.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Ireland spends 3.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.
see 21.8 times more coastline
Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Ireland, that number is 1,448 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
Ireland: At a glance
How big is Ireland compared to Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.