Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Vanuatu, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 14.0% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Vanuatu, that number is 25.2% of people.

Economy

be 76.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Vanuatu, that number is 1.7%.

make 94.2% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Vanuatu, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Vanuatu, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 11.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vanuatu, 78.0 women do.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vanuatu, on the other hand, 14.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Vanuatu, 27% of the population do.

be 72.3% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Vanuatu, about 24.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 16.7% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Vanuatu spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 52.8% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vanuatu, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 38.0 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Vanuatu, that number is 2,528 km.

Vanuatu: At a glance

Vanuatu is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 12,189 sq km. Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

How big is Vanuatu compared to Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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