Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belgium instead of El Salvador, you would:

Health

live 6.2 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 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 El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

make 5.2 times more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 53.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 79.0% more on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 87.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 79.8% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 30.2% less children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 88.6% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 55.9% more on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 78.3% less coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 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 El Salvador? 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, Ministry of Finance.


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