Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 1.0 years longer


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 10.5% more money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

Life

be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

be 23.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

Expenditures

spend 16.7% more on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.3% more on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 48.4 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden compared to Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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