Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.2 years longer

In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 46.5% more money

Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 28.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

be 23.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 2.7 times more on taxes

Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 22.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 10.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 11.9% more children

In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 20.0% more on education

Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 65.6% more on healthcare

Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 98.2% less coastline

Estonia has a total of 3,794 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 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, Service Public Fédéral Finances.


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