Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.5 years longer

In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 11.8% less likely to be obese

In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people.


make 31.8% more money

Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 58.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

be 56.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

spend 25.5% less on taxes

Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0%.


be 28.6% less likely to die during childbirth

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


spend 22.7% less on education

Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Switzerland spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 10.4% more on healthcare

Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland 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, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.


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