Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years less


In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 11.1% more likely to be obese


In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 22.0% more money


Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,200 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 37.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Italy, 11.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 49.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 10.0% higher top tax rate


Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

have 32.1% more children


In Italy, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Italy, approximately 2.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 19.2% more likely to have internet access


In Italy, approximately 74.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belgium, about 88.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 71.1% more on education


Italy spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 99.1% less coastline


Italy has a total of 7,600 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 Italy? 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, Italian Revenue Agency.

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