Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

be 24.5% less likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 37.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 20.4% more on education


France spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 98.6% less coastline


France has a total of 4,853 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 France? 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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