Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 7.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Netherlands, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2017. In Barbados, that number is 1.5% of people as of 2018.

live 5.7 years less


In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Barbados, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 13.2% more likely to be obese


In Netherlands, 20.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 35.6% lower top tax rate


Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5% as of 2016.

make 65.5% less money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,600 as of 2017.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Barbados, that number is 10.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 5.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Netherlands, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Barbados, 27.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.7 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 Barbados, on the other hand, 9.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.7% less likely to have internet access


In Netherlands, approximately 94.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Barbados, about 81.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 14.5% less on education


Netherlands spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Barbados spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 78.5% less coastline


Netherlands has a total of 451 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst.

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