Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Taiwan, that number is 80 years (77 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

be 47.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Taiwan, that number is 3.8%.

be 90.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Taiwan, however, that number is 1.5%.

spend 16.2% less on taxes


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

Life

be 26.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Taiwan, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 26.5% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Taiwan, there are 8.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Geography

see 23.6 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Taiwan, that number is 1,566 km.

Taiwan: At a glance

Taiwan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 32,260 sq km. In 1895, military defeat forced China's Qing Dynasty to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan came under Chinese Nationalist control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. Beginning in the 1950s, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the local population within the governing structure. This process expanded rapidly in the 1980s. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist (Kuomintang or KMT) to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be management of sensitive relations between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of Taiwan's eventual status - as well as domestic priorities for economic reform and growth.

How big is Taiwan 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, Taxation Administration, Ministry of Finance, R.O.C..

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