Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 16.7% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people as of 2016.

live 9.6 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Belarus, that number is 74 years (68 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 87.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belarus, that number is 0.8% as of 2017.

be 39.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7% as of 2016.

pay a 60.6% lower top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0% as of 2017.

make 61.0% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900 as of 2017.

Life

be 80.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belarus, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.0% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belarus, about 79.1% do as of 2018.

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 Canada? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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