Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 21.7% more money

Spain has a GDP per capita of $38,300, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 57.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Spain, 17.1% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

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

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

spend 19.3% more on taxes

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


have 22.8% more children

In Spain, there are approximately 9.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 40.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Spain, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.


spend 53.5% more on education

Spain spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 17.8% more on healthcare

Spain spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


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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