Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.8 years longer


In Botswana, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 16.9% more likely to be obese


In Botswana, 18.9% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


Botswana has a GDP per capita of $17,800, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 63.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Botswana, 20.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 21.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Botswana, 19.3% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 2.1 times more on taxes


Botswana has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 94.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Botswana, approximately 129.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 88.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Botswana, approximately 29.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 48.9% less children


In Botswana, there are approximately 22.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 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 Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Botswana, approximately 39.4% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.2% less on education


Botswana spends 9.6% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 96.3% more on healthcare


Botswana spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Belgium: At a glance

Belgium is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 30,278 sq km. Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.

How big is Belgium compared to Botswana? 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, Botswana Unified Revenue Service.

question_answer HAVE A QUESTION? ASK THE COMMUNITY

Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about Belgium. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.

Share this