Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.0 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Morocco, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 18.1% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Morocco, that number is 26.1% of people.

Economy

spend 29.2% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Morocco, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

make 81.5% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Morocco, the GDP per capita is $8,600.

be 37.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Morocco, that number is 10.0%.

Life

have 56.6% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Morocco, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 17.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Morocco, 121.0 women do.

be 6.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Morocco, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 32.6% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Morocco, about 58.3% do.

be 14.6% 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 Morocco, that number is 85% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 65% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 19.7% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Morocco spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 44.3% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Morocco, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 27.6 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Morocco, that number is 1,835 km.

Morocco: At a glance

Morocco is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 446,300 sq km. In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad al-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Sultan MOHAMMED V, the current monarch's grandfather, organized the new state as a constitutional monarchy and in 1957 assumed the title of king. Although Morocco is not the UN-recognized Administering Power for the Western Sahara, it exercises de facto administrative control over 80% of the territory. The UN since 1991 has monitored a ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front and leads ongoing negotiations over the status of the territory. King MOHAMMED VI in early 2011 responded to the spread of pro-democracy protests in the region by implementing a reform program that included a new constitution, passed by popular referendum in July 2011, under which some new powers were extended to parliament and the prime minister but ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch. In November 2012, the Justice and Development Party - a moderate Islamist party - won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, becoming the first Islamist party to lead the Moroccan Government.

How big is Morocco 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, Direction Générale des Impôts, Morocco.

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