Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 54.1% more money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 45.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

spend 28.3% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Norway, the top tax rate is 38.5%.


be 28.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Norway, 5.0 women do.

be 26.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.5% more likely to have internet access

In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% do.


spend 16.7% more on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.


see 378.2 times more coastline

Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway 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, Norwegian Tax Administration.


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