Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.4 years less

In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).


spend 57.2% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

make 40.8% less money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 23.3% more likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 68.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.


be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 52.9% more likely to die during infancy

In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 14.2% fewer children

In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 19.7% less on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 44.3% less on healthcare

Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.


see 7.5 times more coastline

Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

How big is Latvia 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, State Revenue Service, Latvia.


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