Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 24.9% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people.

live 28.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women).

Economy

spend 44.1% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 92.3% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1%.

be 3.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Lesotho, there are 24.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 69.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Lesotho, 487.0 women do.

be 13.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 46.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 83.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Lesotho, 17% of the population do.

be 68.3% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Lesotho, about 27.4% do.

be 18.2% 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 Lesotho, that number is 82% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 72.7% more on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Lesotho spends 11.4% of total GDP on education.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

How big is Lesotho 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 Finance.

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