Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.7 years longer

In Macedonia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 3.1 times more money

Macedonia has a GDP per capita of $14,900, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 68.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Macedonia, 23.4% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 29.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Macedonia, 21.5% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 5.4 times more on taxes

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


be 54.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Macedonia, approximately 7.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.


spend 63.1% more on healthcare

Macedonia spends 6.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

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 Macedonia? 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, Public Revenue Office.


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