Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.2 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 5.1 times more likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

Life

have 46.8% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 40.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 70.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Expenditures

spend 83.3% more on education


Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 99.8% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 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 Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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