Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.6 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Slovakia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

be 14.7% less likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1%.

be 13.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line. In Slovakia, however, that number is 12.3%.

spend 50.2% less on taxes


France has a top tax rate of 50.2%. In Slovakia, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 24.7% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Slovakia, the GDP per capita is $33,000.

Life

be 25.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Slovakia, 6.0 women do.

be 59.4% more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Slovakia, on the other hand, 5.1 children do.

have 20.5% fewer children


In France, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Slovakia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 16.4% less on education


France spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Slovakia spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 29.6% less on healthcare


France spends 11.5% 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.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Tax Directorate, Slovakia.

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