Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.6 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 19.5% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people.

Economy

spend 29.2% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

make 68.7% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 24.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Suriname, that number is 9.1%.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0%.

Life

have 39.8% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Suriname, there are 15.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Suriname, 155.0 women do.

be 7.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 47.5% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Suriname, about 45.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 46.2% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Suriname, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 5.8 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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.

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