Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.7 years longer

In Uruguay, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Belgium, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 20.8% less likely to be obese

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


make 2.1 times more money

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

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

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

spend 79.0% more on taxes

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


be 53.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Uruguay, approximately 15.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belgium, 7.0 women do.

be 59.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Uruguay, approximately 8.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 13.1% fewer children

In Uruguay, there are approximately 13.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Belgium, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 30.3% more likely to have internet access

In Uruguay, approximately 66.4% of the population has internet access. In Belgium, about 86.5% do.


spend 50.0% more on education

Uruguay spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Belgium spends 6.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 23.3% more on healthcare

Uruguay spends 8.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belgium, that number is 10.6% of GDP.


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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