Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.2 years longer

In Colombia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 3.2 times more money

Colombia has a GDP per capita of $14,500, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 30.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Colombia, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 46.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Colombia, 28.0% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 62.7% more on taxes

Colombia has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 89.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Colombia, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 75.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Colombia, approximately 13.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 29.8% fewer children

In Colombia, there are approximately 16.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 48.9% more likely to have internet access

In Colombia, approximately 58.1% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 46.7% more on education

Colombia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.2% more on healthcare

Colombia spends 7.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 97.9% less coastline

Colombia has a total of 3,208 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 Colombia? 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, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).


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