Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 35.1% less money

Norway has a GDP per capita of $71,800, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 82.5% more likely to be unemployed

In Norway, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 39.4% more on taxes

Norway has a top tax rate of 38.5%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 40.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Norway, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 36.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Norway, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.1% less likely to have internet access

In Norway, approximately 97.3% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 14.3% less on education

Norway spends 7.7% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.


see 99.7% less coastline

Norway has a total of 25,148 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 Norway? 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, Norwegian Tax Administration.


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