Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.4 years longer

In Bulgaria, the average life expectancy is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 11.6% less likely to be obese

In Bulgaria, 25.0% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 2.1 times more money

Bulgaria has a GDP per capita of $21,700, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 35.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Bulgaria, 23.4% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

be 17.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Bulgaria, 6.2% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 5.4 times more on taxes

Bulgaria has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 36.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bulgaria, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 59.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Bulgaria, approximately 8.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 29.9% more children

In Bulgaria, there are approximately 8.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 44.6% more likely to have internet access

In Bulgaria, approximately 59.8% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 61.0% more on education

Bulgaria spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.2% more on healthcare

Bulgaria spends 8.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 81.2% less coastline

Bulgaria has a total of 354 km of coastline. In Belgium, that number is 66 km.

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 Bulgaria? 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, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria.


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