Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.5 years longer

In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Macau, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 years for women).


make 2.4 times more money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Macau, the GDP per capita is $111,600.

be 72.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Macau, that number is 2.0%.

spend 77.7% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Macau, the top tax rate is 12.0%.


have 23.9% fewer children

In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Macau, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 10.3% less likely to have internet access

In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Macau, about 77.6% do.


spend 54.5% less on education

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


see 38.3% less coastline

Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Macau, that number is 41 km.

Macau: At a glance

Macau is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 28 sq km. Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Macau 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, Secretariat for Economy and Finance.


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