Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 51.1% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Mauritius, that number is 10.8% of people.

live 5.3 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Mauritius, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

be 47.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Mauritius, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 72.1% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Mauritius, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 53.6% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $21,600.

Life

have 15.0% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritius, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritius, 53.0 women do.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 38.5% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Mauritius, about 53.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.7% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Mauritius spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 54.7% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritius, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.7 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Mauritius, that number is 177 km.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

How big is Mauritius 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, Mauritius Revenue Authority.

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