Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 3.7 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Uruguay, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 26.2% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people.

Economy

be 35.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

spend 44.1% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Uruguay, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 51.9% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400.

Life

have 15.0% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Uruguay, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Uruguay, 15.0 women do.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 8.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.2% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Uruguay, about 66.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 33.3% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Uruguay spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 18.9% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uruguay, that number is 8.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 9.9 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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, Dirección General Impositiva.

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