Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Belarus instead of Estonia, you would:


live 3.9 years less

In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 15.6% more likely to be obese

In Estonia, 21.2% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.


be 83.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 73.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 35.0% less on taxes

Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 40.6% less money

Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.


be 55.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 18.5% less likely to have internet access

In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.


spend 10.9% less on healthcare

Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

How big is Belarus compared to Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.


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