Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 22.2% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people.

live 17.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Namibia, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

spend 31.1% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Namibia, the top tax rate is 37.0%.

make 75.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,300.

be 4.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Namibia, that number is 34.0%.

be 90.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Namibia, there are 27.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 37.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Namibia, 265.0 women do.

be 10.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Namibia, on the other hand, 35.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 68.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Namibia, 32% of the population do.

be 64.2% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Namibia, about 31.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 16.0% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Namibia, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

spend 25.8% more on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Namibia spends 8.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 23.6 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

How big is Namibia 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, Inland Revenue Department.

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