Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 9.0 years longer

In Ukraine, the average life expectancy is 72 years (67 years for men, 77 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 5.4 times more money

Ukraine has a GDP per capita of $8,700, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600.

be 23.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Ukraine, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

be 4.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

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

spend 3.0 times more on taxes

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


be 70.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ukraine, approximately 24.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 56.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Ukraine, approximately 7.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 64.8% more likely to have internet access

In Ukraine, approximately 52.5% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 11.9% more on education

Ukraine spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 49.3% more on healthcare

Ukraine spends 7.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


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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