Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.3 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 34.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Poland, that number is 4.8%.

spend 40.4% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

make 36.7% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

be 16.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Poland, however, that number is 17.6%.

Life

be 57.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 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 Poland, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 15.9% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.3% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Poland, about 73.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 25.8% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Poland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.6% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 6.6 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Poland, that number is 440 km.

Poland: At a glance

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,255 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

How big is Poland 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, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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