Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 17.7 years longer

In Mauritania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 74.0% more likely to be obese

In Mauritania, 12.7% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 10.6 times more money

Mauritania has a GDP per capita of $4,400, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 37.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Mauritania, 11.7% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 51.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Mauritania, 31.0% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 34.3% more on taxes

Mauritania has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 98.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Mauritania, approximately 602.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 93.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Mauritania, approximately 51.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 62.8% fewer children

In Mauritania, there are approximately 30.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.6 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Mauritania, 28% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 4.8 times more likely to have internet access

In Mauritania, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

be 72.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Mauritania, approximately 58% of people have improved drinking water access (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In Belgium, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 2.5 times more on education

Mauritania spends 2.6% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.8 times more on healthcare

Mauritania spends 3.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 91.2% less coastline

Mauritania has a total of 754 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 Mauritania? 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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