Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.4 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 87.2% more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 19.3% more on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 74.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 71.7% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 62.6% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 92.7% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.5% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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 China? 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, State Administration of Taxation.

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