Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.5 years longer


In Ukraine, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 5.3 times more money


Ukraine has a GDP per capita of $8,800 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 22.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Ukraine, 9.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 4.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ukraine, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 3.0 times higher top tax rate


Ukraine has a top tax rate of 18.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 73.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ukraine, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 55.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Ukraine, approximately 7.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 15.6% more children


In Ukraine, there are approximately 9.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 50.6% more likely to have internet access


In Ukraine, approximately 58.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belgium, about 88.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 20.4% more on education


Ukraine spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 97.6% less coastline


Ukraine has a total of 2,782 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 Ukraine? 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, Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine.

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