Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.6 years longer

In Madagascar, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women). In Belize, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women).

be 6.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Madagascar, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Belize, that number is 1.9% of people.

be 4.5 times more likely to be obese

In Madagascar, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people.


make 5.2 times more money

Madagascar has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 42.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Madagascar, 70.7% live below the poverty line. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0%.

be 4.8 times more likely to be unemployed

In Madagascar, 2.1% of adults are unemployed. In Belize, that number is 10.1%.


be 92.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Madagascar, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belize, 28.0 women do.

be 54.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Madagascar, approximately 41.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belize, on the other hand, 18.9 children do.

have 24.1% less children

In Madagascar, there are approximately 31.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Belize, there are 24.0 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 Belize, 100% of the population do.

be 9.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Madagascar, approximately 4.7% of the population has internet access. In Belize, about 44.6% do.

be 93.2% 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 Belize, that number is 100% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 3.5 times more on education

Madagascar spends 2.1% of its total GDP on education. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 93.3% more on healthcare

Madagascar spends 3.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belize, that number is 5.8% of GDP.


see 92.0% less coastline

Madagascar has a total of 4,828 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize compared to Madagascar? 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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