Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

make 21.4% more money


Spain has a GDP per capita of $38,400 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 58.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Spain, 17.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 28.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Spain, 21.1% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 19.3% higher top tax rate


Spain has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

have 27.6% more children


In Spain, there are approximately 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 25.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Spain, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 54.8% more on education


Spain spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 98.7% less coastline


Spain has a total of 4,964 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 Spain? 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, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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