Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.0 years less

In Iran, the average life expectancy is 74 years (73 years for men, 76 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).


be 91.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Iran, 12.4% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 69.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Iran, 18.7% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.


be 84.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Iran, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

be 14.9% more likely to be literate

In Iran, the literacy rate is 86.8%. In Belarus, it is 99.7%.

be 77.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Iran, approximately 15.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 42.5% less children

In Iran, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 61.2% more likely to have internet access

In Iran, approximately 44.1% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.


spend 17.4% less on healthcare

Iran spends 6.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

spend 47.1% more on education

Iran spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education. Belarus spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

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.


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