Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.1 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 15.8% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people.

Economy

spend 36.7% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0%.

make 74.0% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

be 30.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7%.

Life

have 66.4% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 13.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.6% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 42.1 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT.

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