Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 25.2 years longer

In Uganda, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 57 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 4.2 times more likely to be obese

In Uganda, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


make 19.4 times more money

Uganda has a GDP per capita of $2,400, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 22.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Uganda, 9.4% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 29.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Uganda, 21.4% live below the poverty line. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 34.3% more on taxes

Uganda has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 98.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Uganda, approximately 343.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 93.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Uganda, approximately 56.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 73.7% fewer children

In Uganda, there are approximately 42.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.5 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Uganda, 22% of the population has electricity access. In Belgium, 100% of the population do.

be 88.5% more likely to have internet access

In Uganda, approximately 45.9% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.

be 26.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Uganda, approximately 79% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Belgium, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 2.9 times more on education

Uganda spends 2.3% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.2% more on healthcare

Uganda spends 7.2% 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 Uganda? 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, Uganda Revenue Authority.


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