Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 17.1 years longer

In Namibia, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 28.5% more likely to be obese

In Namibia, 17.2% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 4.1 times more money

Namibia has a GDP per capita of $11,300, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 78.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Namibia, 34.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 47.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Namibia, 28.7% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 45.1% more on taxes

Namibia has a top tax rate of 37.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 97.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Namibia, approximately 265.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 90.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Namibia, approximately 35.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 58.6% less children

In Namibia, there are approximately 27.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Namibia, 32% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access

In Namibia, approximately 31.0% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 20.5% less on education

Namibia spends 8.3% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 19.1% more on healthcare

Namibia spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 95.8% less coastline

Namibia has a total of 1,572 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 Namibia? 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, Inland Revenue Department.


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