Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.4 years longer


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 32.0% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.

Economy

make 4.7 times more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 75.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 5.4 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 22.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 68.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 35.4% less children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

be 83.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Libya, approximately 54% of people have improved drinking water access (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas). In Belgium, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 96.2% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 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 Libya? 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, Ministry of Finance.

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