Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 2.3 years longer


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 83.5% more money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 34.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

be 32.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 2.1 times more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.

Life

be 92.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 65.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 36.9% less children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 60.2% more likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.5% more on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.3% less coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 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 Panama? 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, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama.

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