Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Slovakia instead of Finland, you would:

Health

live 3.7 years less


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

Economy

spend 51.6% less on taxes


Finland has a top tax rate of 51.6%. In Slovakia, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 25.5% less money


Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Slovakia, the GDP per capita is $33,000.

Life

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Slovakia, 6.0 women do.

be 2.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Finland, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Slovakia, on the other hand, 5.1 children do.

Expenditures

spend 36.1% less on education


Finland spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Slovakia spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.5% less on healthcare


Finland spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

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.

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

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