Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 11.7 years longer

In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese

In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 5.6 times more money

Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 30.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Philippines, 21.6% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

be 28.1% more likely to be unemployed

In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 67.8% more on taxes

Philippines has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 93.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 84.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 52.3% less children

In Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.6% more likely to have access to electricity

In Philippines, 88% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 55.9% more likely to have internet access

In Philippines, approximately 55.5% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 2.4 times more on education

Philippines spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.3 times more on healthcare

Philippines spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 99.8% less coastline

Philippines has a total of 36,289 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 Philippines? 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, Bureau of Internal Revenue.


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