Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 32.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.

live 7.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 77.3% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 62.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 67.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 68.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.

Life

be 71.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

be 37.9% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 17.6% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 66.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

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.

How big is Belarus compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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