Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 73.8% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

live 19.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

spend 44.1% less on taxes


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

make 97.4% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

be 3.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 90.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 12.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 91.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Malawi, 9% of the population do.

be 88.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 28.8% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Malawi spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi 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, Malawi Revenue Authority.

question_answer HAVE A QUESTION? ASK THE COMMUNITY

Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about Malawi. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.

Share this