Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 92.1% more likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 13.1% more on taxes

Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


have 31.4% more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 16.7% more likely to die during childbirth

In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.


spend 34.7% more on education

Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.


see 97.2% less coastline

Germany has a total of 2,389 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 Germany? 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, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).


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