Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 24.8% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

live 2.0 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 12.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 60.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 62.7% higher top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 23.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 22.6% more on education


Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2011. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 100.0% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 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 Canada? 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, Canada Revenue Agency.

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