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 as of 2016. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people as of 2016.

live 6.5 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 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 States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belarus, that number is 0.8% as of 2017.

be 62.3% less likely to live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7% as of 2016.

pay a 67.2% lower top tax rate

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0% as of 2017.

make 68.4% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900 as of 2017.

Life

be 89.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belarus, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 34.0% less likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.3 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 23.4% fewer children

In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belarus, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.


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

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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