Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years longer


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

be 10.2% less likely to be obese


In Cuba, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

make 3.8 times more money


Cuba has a GDP per capita of $12,300, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Cuba, 2.2% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

Life

be 82.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Cuba, approximately 39.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 22.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Cuba, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Cuba, approximately 38.8% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 48.4% less on education


Cuba spends 12.8% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 98.2% less coastline


Cuba has a total of 3,735 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 Cuba? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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