Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Slovakia instead of Czech Republic, you would:

Health

be 21.2% less likely to be obese


In Czech Republic, 26.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Slovakia, that number is 20.5% of people as of 2016.

live 1.5 years less


In Czech Republic, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Slovakia, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Czech Republic, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1% as of 2017.

be 26.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Czech Republic, 9.7% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Slovakia, however, that number is 12.3% as of 2015.

pay a 13.6% higher top tax rate


Czech Republic has a top tax rate of 22.0% as of 2017. In Slovakia, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 66.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Czech Republic, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Slovakia, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 88.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Czech Republic, approximately 2.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Slovakia, on the other hand, 4.9 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 30.4% less on education


Czech Republic spends 5.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Slovakia spends 3.9% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Slovakia: At a glance

Slovakia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 48,105 sq km. Slovakia's roots can be traced to the 9th century state of Great Moravia. Subsequently, the Slovaks became part of the Hungarian Kingdom, where they remained for the next 1,000 years. Following the formation of the dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1867, language and education policies favoring the use of Hungarian (Magyarization) resulted in a strengthening of Slovak nationalism and a cultivation of cultural ties with the closely related Czechs, who were under Austrian rule. After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I, the Slovaks joined the Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar period, Slovak nationalist leaders pushed for autonomy within Czechoslovakia, and in 1939 Slovakia became an independent state allied with Nazi Germany. Following World War II, Czechoslovakia was reconstituted and came under communist rule within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize communist rule and create "socialism with a human face," ushering in a period of repression known as "normalization." The peaceful "Velvet Revolution" swept the Communist Party from power at the end of 1989 and inaugurated a return to democratic rule and a market economy. On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a nonviolent "velvet divorce" into its two national components, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the euro zone on 1 January 2009.

How big is Slovakia compared to Czech Republic? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Financial Administration of the Czech Republic, Tax Directorate, Slovakia.

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