Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.0 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 10.0% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 16.0% more on taxes


Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 61.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 17.5% less children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.9% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 15.4% less on education


Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 19.1% more on healthcare


Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.7% less coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 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 Iceland? 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, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

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