Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.2 years longer

In Thailand, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese

In Thailand, 10.0% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 2.6 times more money

Thailand has a GDP per capita of $17,900, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 10.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Thailand, 0.7% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Thailand, 7.2% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 53.4% more on taxes

Thailand has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 65.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Thailand, approximately 20.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 63.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Thailand, approximately 9.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 82.1% more likely to have internet access

In Thailand, approximately 47.5% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 61.0% more on education

Thailand spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 63.1% more on healthcare

Thailand spends 6.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 97.9% less coastline

Thailand has a total of 3,219 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 Thailand? 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, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand.


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