Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.8 years longer

In Slovakia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 41.2% more money

Slovakia has a GDP per capita of $33,000, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 22.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Slovakia, 12.3% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 2.1 times more on taxes

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


be 33.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Slovakia, approximately 5.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 16.5% more children

In Slovakia, there are approximately 9.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 16.7% more likely to die during childbirth

In Slovakia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.


spend 43.5% more on education

Slovakia spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 30.9% more on healthcare

Slovakia spends 8.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

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 Slovakia? 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, Tax Directorate, Slovakia.


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