Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.2 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 9.9 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 40.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

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


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 2.1 times higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 89.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 62.5% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 26.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Belgium, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belgium, about 88.7% do as of 2018.

be 11.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 80.6% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

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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