Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 59.7% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Nigeria, that number is 8.9% of people.

live 27.3 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Nigeria, that number is 54 years (53 years for men, 55 years for women).

Economy

spend 55.3% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Nigeria, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

make 87.3% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Nigeria, the GDP per capita is $5,900.

be 83.6% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Nigeria, that number is 13.4%.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Nigeria, however, that number is 70.0%.

Life

have 3.3 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Nigeria, there are 36.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 116.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nigeria, 814.0 women do.

be 20.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nigeria, on the other hand, 69.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 55.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Nigeria, 45% of the population do.

be 70.3% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Nigeria, about 25.7% do.

be 31.5% 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 Nigeria, that number is 68% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 65.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nigeria, that number is 3.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 12.8 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Nigeria, that number is 853 km.

Nigeria: At a glance

Nigeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 910,768 sq km. British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy; independence came in 1960. Following nearly 16 years of military rule, a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Although both the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence, Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of April 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history and the elections of 2011 were generally regarded as credible. In January 2014, Nigeria assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

How big is Nigeria 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, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria.

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