Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belarus instead of Botswana, you would:

Health

be 98.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Botswana, 22.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Belarus, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 9.7 years longer


In Botswana, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 29.6% more likely to be obese


In Botswana, 18.9% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.

Economy

be 95.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Botswana, 20.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 70.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Botswana, 19.3% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 48.0% less on taxes


Botswana has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

Life

be 96.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Botswana, approximately 129.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

be 12.7% more likely to be literate


In Botswana, the literacy rate is 88.5%. In Belarus, it is 99.7%.

be 87.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Botswana, approximately 29.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 53.4% less children


In Botswana, there are approximately 22.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 51.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Botswana, 66% of the population has electricity access. In Belarus, 100% of the population do.

be 80.5% more likely to have internet access


In Botswana, approximately 39.4% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 47.9% less on education


Botswana spends 9.6% of its total GDP on education. Belarus spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

How big is Belarus compared to Botswana? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Botswana Unified Revenue Service, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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