Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 24.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 5.5%.

be 11.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Russia, however, that number is 13.3%.

spend 75.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Russia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 40.3% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

Life

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Russia, 25.0 women do.

be 100.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.7% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Russia, about 76.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 42.4% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 33.0% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Russia, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 566.2 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Russia: At a glance

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

How big is Russia 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 Tax Service of Russia.

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