Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.7 years longer

In Madagascar, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 4.6 times more likely to be obese

In Madagascar, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.


make 11.8 times more money

Madagascar has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.

be 52.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Madagascar, 2.1% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 91.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Madagascar, 70.7% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 35.0% less on taxes

Madagascar has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.


be 98.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Madagascar, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

be 54.1% more likely to be literate

In Madagascar, the literacy rate is 64.7%. In Belarus, it is 99.7%.

be 91.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Madagascar, approximately 41.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 67.4% fewer children

In Madagascar, there are approximately 31.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.7 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Madagascar, 15% of the population has electricity access. In Belarus, 100% of the population do.

be 15.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Madagascar, approximately 4.7% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% do.

be 93.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Madagascar, approximately 52% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 35% in rural areas). In Belarus, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).


spend 2.4 times more on education

Madagascar spends 2.1% of its total GDP on education. Belarus spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 90.0% more on healthcare

Madagascar spends 3.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

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 Madagascar? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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