Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 3.0 times more money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Liechtenstein, the GDP per capita is $139,100.

be 67.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Liechtenstein, that number is 2.4%.

spend 55.3% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Liechtenstein, the top tax rate is 24.0%.


be 23.5% more likely to die during infancy

In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Liechtenstein, on the other hand, 4.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 13.4% more likely to have internet access

In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Liechtenstein, about 98.1% do.


spend 60.6% less on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Liechtenstein spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

Liechtenstein: At a glance

Liechtenstein is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 160 sq km. The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719. Occupied by both French and Russian troops during the Napoleonic Wars, it became a sovereign state in 1806 and joined the Germanic Confederation in 1815. Liechtenstein became fully independent in 1866 when the Confederation dissolved. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to enter into a customs and monetary union with Switzerland. Since World War II (in which Liechtenstein remained neutral), the country's low taxes have spurred outstanding economic growth. In 2000, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US that went into effect in 2003.

How big is Liechtenstein 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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