Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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).

Economy

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%.

Life

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.

Expenditures

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.

Geography

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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