Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

spend 16.2% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

make 17.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 39.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

Life

be 28.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

have 18.6% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 34.8% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 15.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 74.6 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

How big is Spain 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, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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