Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

make 13.5% less money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 44.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 71.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Netherlands, 8.8% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

Expenditures

spend 18.2% more on education


Netherlands spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 85.3% less coastline


Netherlands has a total of 451 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 Netherlands? 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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