Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belarus instead of United Kingdom, you would:

Health

be 11.9% less likely to be obese


In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people as of 2016.

live 7.3 years less


In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Belarus, that number is 74 years (68 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 81.8% less likely to be unemployed


In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belarus, that number is 0.8% as of 2017.

be 62.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7% as of 2016.

pay a 71.1% lower top tax rate


United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0% as of 2017.

make 57.3% less money


United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2017, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900 as of 2017.

Life

be 71.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belarus, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 14.6% less likely to die during infancy


In United Kingdom, approximately 4.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

have 20.2% fewer children


In United Kingdom, there are approximately 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belarus, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 16.6% less likely to have internet access


In United Kingdom, approximately 94.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belarus, about 79.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 12.7% less on education


United Kingdom spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Belarus spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus, HM Revenue & Customs.

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