Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.1 years longer


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 11.1% more likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

make 4.1 times more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 58.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 53.4% more on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 89.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 79.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 36.9% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 59.9% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

be 15.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Belgium, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 32.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 15.2% more on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.0% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 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 Ecuador? 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, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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