Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Samoa, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 2.1 times more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people.

Economy

spend 49.7% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Samoa, the top tax rate is 27.0%.

make 87.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700.

Life

have 80.5% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Samoa, there are 20.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Samoa, 51.0 women do.

be 5.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Samoa, on the other hand, 18.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 66.0% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Samoa, about 29.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 37.9% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Samoa, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 6.1 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Samoa, that number is 403 km.

Samoa: At a glance

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

How big is Samoa 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 Revenue, Samoa.

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