Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Trinidad and Tobago instead of Belgium, you would:

Health

be 15.8% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 18.6% of people.

live 8.0 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 38.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 4.5%.

spend 53.4% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Trinidad and Tobago, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 32.6% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Trinidad and Tobago, the GDP per capita is $31,400.

be 32.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Trinidad and Tobago, however, that number is 20.0%.

Life

have 12.4% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Trinidad and Tobago, there are 12.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Trinidad and Tobago, 63.0 women do.

be 6.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, 22.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 20.0% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Trinidad and Tobago, about 69.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.3% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 5.4 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 362 km.

Trinidad and Tobago: At a glance

Trinidad and Tobago is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 5,128 sq km. First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime.

How big is Trinidad and Tobago 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, Inland Revenue Division.

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