Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belarus instead of Iceland, you would:

Health

live 10.1 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 11.9% more likely to be obese


In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.

Economy

be 64.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

spend 71.9% less on taxes


Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 63.5% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.

Life

be 33.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

be 71.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 24.8% fewer children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 27.6% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 35.9% less on education


Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Belarus spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 36.0% less on healthcare


Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate of Internal Revenue, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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