Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 24.9% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Uzbekistan, that number is 16.6% of people.

live 7.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Uzbekistan, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 32.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Uzbekistan, that number is 4.9%.

spend 57.2% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Uzbekistan, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

make 85.2% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Uzbekistan, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

Life

have 48.7% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Uzbekistan, there are 16.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Uzbekistan, 36.0 women do.

be 5.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uzbekistan, on the other hand, 18.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Uzbekistan, about 46.8% do.

be 12.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Belgium, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Uzbekistan, that number is 87% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 45.3% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uzbekistan, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Uzbekistan: At a glance

Uzbekistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 425,400 sq km. Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land degraded and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. Independent since 1991, the country has lessened its dependence on the cotton monoculture by diversifying agricultural production while developing its mineral and petroleum export capacity and increasing its manufacturing base. However, longserving septuagenarian President Islom KARIMOV, who rose through the ranks of the Soviet-era State Planning Committee (Gosplan), remains wedded to the concepts of a command economy, creating a challenging environment for foreign investment. Current concerns include post-KARIMOV succession, terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation, and the curtailment of human rights and democratization.

How big is Uzbekistan 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, State Tax Committee.

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