Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.5 years longer


In Guyana, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 5.7 times more money


Guyana has a GDP per capita of $8,200, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 34.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Guyana, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 56.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Guyana, 35.0% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

Life

be 96.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Guyana, approximately 229.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 88.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Guyana, approximately 30.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 26.6% less children


In Guyana, there are approximately 15.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 26.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Guyana, 79% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 2.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Guyana, approximately 35.7% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on education


Guyana spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.0 times more on healthcare


Guyana spends 5.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 85.5% less coastline


Guyana has a total of 459 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 Guyana? 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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