Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.3 years longer

In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 58.0% more money

Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 14.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

be 52.1% more likely to be unemployed

In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 67.8% more on taxes

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


be 22.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 18.9% more children

In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 18.0% more likely to have internet access

In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 34.7% more on education

Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 65.6% more on healthcare

Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 84.9% less coastline

Poland has a total of 440 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 Poland? 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, Ministry of Finance, Poland.


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