Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.1 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Slovakia, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.9 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Slovakia, that number is 20.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 4.5 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Slovakia, the GDP per capita is $33,100 as of 2017.

be 44.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Slovakia, however, that number is 12.3% as of 2015.

be 11.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 97.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Slovakia, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 89.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 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.

have 58.5% fewer children


In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Slovakia, there are 9.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, approximately 87% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Slovakia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Slovakia, about 80.7% do as of 2018.

be 21.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Slovakia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 34.5% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. 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 Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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