Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in New Zealand instead of Belgium, you would:


be 39.4% more likely to be obese

In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.


be 32.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

spend 38.5% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 16.5% less money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.


have 16.8% more children

In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In New Zealand, there are 13.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 57.1% more likely to die during childbirth

In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.

be 29.4% more likely to die during infancy

In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.


see 227.6 times more coastline

Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.


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