Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.5 years longer


In Uruguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 20.8% less likely to be obese


In Uruguay, 27.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.1 times more money


Uruguay has a GDP per capita of $22,400 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 55.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Uruguay, 9.7% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Belgium, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2013.

pay a 79.0% higher top tax rate


Uruguay has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 70.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Uruguay, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 57.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Uruguay, approximately 7.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 14.0% fewer children


In Uruguay, there are approximately 12.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 29.8% more likely to have internet access


In Uruguay, approximately 68.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belgium, about 88.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 32.7% more on education


Uruguay spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 89.9% less coastline


Uruguay has a total of 660 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 Uruguay? 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, Dirección General Impositiva.

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