Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belgium instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 3.7 years longer


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.7 times more money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 66.5% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 23.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

Life

be 26.1% less likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 23.6% less children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, 59% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 26.5% more likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Geography

see 97.4% less coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 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 French Polynesia? 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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