Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 12.3 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 5.7 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.


be 65.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 64.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 76.8% less on taxes

Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 55.8% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.


be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

have 33.8% more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 80.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.7% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.


spend 44.1% less on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

spend 38.9% more on education

Japan spends 3.6% 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.

How big is Belarus compared to Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus, National Tax Agency Japan.


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