Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 14.5% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Moldova, that number is 18.9% of people.

live 10.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Moldova, that number is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

be 43.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Moldova, that number is 4.1%.

be 36.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Moldova, however, that number is 9.6%.

spend 66.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Moldova, the top tax rate is 18.0%.

make 87.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Moldova, the GDP per capita is $5,700.

Life

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Moldova, 23.0 women do.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Moldova, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 17.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Moldova, about 71.0% do.

be 11.6% 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 Moldova, that number is 88% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).

Moldova: At a glance

Moldova is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 32,891 sq km. Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although the country has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting the separatist region of Transnistria, composed of a Slavic majority population (mostly Ukrainians and Russians), but with a sizeable ethnic Moldovan minority. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a communist, Vladimir VORONIN, as its president in 2001. VORONIN served as Moldova's president until he resigned in September 2009, following the opposition's gain of a narrow majority in July parliamentary elections and the Communist Party's (PCRM) subsequent inability to attract the three-fifths of parliamentary votes required to elect a president and, by doing so, put into place a permanent government. Four Moldovan opposition parties formed a new coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), iterations of which have acted as Moldova's governing coalitions since. Moldova experienced significant political uncertainty between 2009 and early 2012, holding three general elections and numerous presidential ballots in parliament, all of which failed to secure a president. Following November 2010 parliamentary elections, a reconstituted AEI-coalition consisting of three of the four original AEI parties formed a government, and in March 2012 was finally able to elect an independent as president. As of late May 2013, the ruling coalition - comprised of two of the original AEI parties and a splinter group from a third - is called the Pro-European Coalition. In November 2013, the Moldovan Government initialed an Association Agreement with the European Union (EU), advancing the coalition's policy priority of EU integration.

How big is Moldova 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, State tax Service.

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