Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.3 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 82.1% more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 19.3% higher top tax rate


China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 82.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 71.1% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 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.

Basic Needs

be 63.3% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belgium, about 88.7% do as of 2018.

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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