Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 61.1% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Pakistan, that number is 8.6% of people.

live 13.0 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 17.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0%.

spend 62.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Pakistan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 88.4% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

Life

have 93.8% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 25.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Pakistan, 178.0 women do.

be 15.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Pakistan, 73% of the population do.

be 82.1% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 57.6% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Pakistan spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 75.5% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Pakistan, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 15.7 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Pakistan, that number is 1,046 km.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan.

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