Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.7 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Romania, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 27.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

spend 70.2% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

make 47.4% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 48.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4%.

Life

be 4.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Romania, 31.0 women do.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

have 21.2% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.2% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 53.0% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.2% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 3.4 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Romania 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, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF).

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