Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 20.5% less likely to be obese

In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people.


be 65.9% more likely to be unemployed

In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Belgium, that number is 7.3%.

spend 19.3% more on taxes

United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7%.


be 22.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In United Kingdom, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 20.9% less likely to die during infancy

In United Kingdom, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.


spend 17.9% more on education

United Kingdom spends 5.6% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.5% more on healthcare

United Kingdom spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


see 99.5% less coastline

United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 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 United Kingdom? 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, HM Revenue & Customs.


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