Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Libya, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 47.1% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Libya, that number is 32.5% of people.

Economy

spend 81.4% less on taxes


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

make 78.5% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $10,000.

be 4.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Libya, that number is 30.0%.

Life

have 54.9% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Libya, there are 17.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 28.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Libya, 9.0 women do.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Libya, on the other hand, 10.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 76.5% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Libya, about 20.3% do.

be 45.6% 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 Libya, that number is 54% of people on average (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 52.8% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Libya, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 26.6 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya 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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