Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 25.3% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people.

live 29.0 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

spend 38.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 78.8% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0%.

be 4.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Swaziland, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 55.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Swaziland, 389.0 women do.

be 14.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Swaziland, 27% of the population do.

be 66.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 25.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Belgium, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 12.3% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Swaziland, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland 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, Swaziland Revenue Authority.

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