Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.0 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Kazakhstan, that number is 71 years (66 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 31.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Kazakhstan, that number is 5.0%.

be 82.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Kazakhstan, however, that number is 2.6%.

spend 81.4% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Kazakhstan, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 43.6% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Kazakhstan, the GDP per capita is $26,300.

Life

have 60.2% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Kazakhstan, there are 18.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 71.4% more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Kazakhstan, 12.0 women do.

be 5.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kazakhstan, on the other hand, 19.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.2% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Kazakhstan, about 76.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 54.5% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Kazakhstan spends 3.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 58.5% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kazakhstan, that number is 4.4% of GDP.

Kazakhstan: At a glance

Kazakhstan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 2,699,700 sq km. Ethnic Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated to the region by the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century, and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. During the 1950s and 1960s agricultural "Virgin Lands" program, Soviet citizens were encouraged to help cultivate Kazakhstan's northern pastures. This influx of immigrants (mostly Russians, but also some other deported nationalities) skewed the ethnic mixture and enabled non-ethnic Kazakhs to outnumber natives. Non-Muslim ethnic minorities departed Kazakhstan in large numbers from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s and a national program has repatriated about a million ethnic Kazakhs back to Kazakhstan. These trends have allowed Kazakhs to become the titular majority again. This dramatic demographic shift has also undermined the previous religious diversity and made the country more than 70 percent Muslim. Kazakhstan's economy is larger than those of all the other Central Asian states largely due to the country's vast natural resources. Current issues include: developing a cohesive national identity; managing Islamic revivalism; expanding the development of the country's vast energy resources and exporting them to world markets; diversifying the economy outside the oil, gas, and mining sectors; enhancing Kazakhstan's economic competitiveness; developing a multiparty parliament and advancing political and social reform; and strengthening relations with neighboring states and other foreign powers.

How big is Kazakhstan 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, Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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