Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Aruba instead of Netherlands, you would:

Health

live 4.2 years less


In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Aruba, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 30.4% less money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Aruba, the GDP per capita is $37,500 as of 2017.

be 57.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Aruba, that number is 7.7% as of 2016.

pay a 13.5% higher top tax rate


Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Aruba, the top tax rate is 59.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Netherlands, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Aruba, on the other hand, 9.8 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 12.7% more on education


Netherlands spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Aruba spends 6.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 84.8% less coastline


Netherlands has a total of 451 km of coastline. In Aruba, that number is 68 km.

Aruba: At a glance

Aruba is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 180 sq km. Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

How big is Aruba compared to Netherlands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst, Ministerio di Finansas, Comunicacion, Utilidad y Energia.

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