Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 14.1 years longer

In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese

In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 9.9 times more money

Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 38.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 37.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 2.1 times more on taxes

Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 97.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ghana, approximately 319.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 90.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Ghana, approximately 35.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 63.0% fewer children

In Ghana, there are approximately 30.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 38.9% more likely to have access to electricity

In Ghana, 72% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 2.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Ghana, approximately 34.7% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

be 12.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Ghana, approximately 89% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas). In Belgium, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 2.9 times more on healthcare

Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 87.7% less coastline

Ghana has a total of 539 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 Ghana? 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, Ghana Revenue Authority.


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