Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.9 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 10.7% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $52,200 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

pay a 16.0% higher top tax rate


Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 25.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 57.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 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 16.5% fewer children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.3 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 10.5% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 99.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belgium, about 88.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 13.3% less on education


Iceland spends 7.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

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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