Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.0 years longer


In Madagascar, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women). In Slovakia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 3.9 times more likely to be obese


In Madagascar, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Slovakia, that number is 20.5% of people.

Economy

make 20.6 times more money


Madagascar has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Slovakia, the GDP per capita is $33,000.

be 82.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Madagascar, 70.7% live below the poverty line. In Slovakia, however, that number is 12.3%.

be 3.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Madagascar, 2.1% of adults are unemployed. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes


Madagascar has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Slovakia, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 98.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Madagascar, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Slovakia, 6.0 women do.

be 87.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Madagascar, approximately 41.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Slovakia, on the other hand, 5.1 children do.

have 69.3% less children


In Madagascar, there are approximately 31.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Slovakia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.7 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Madagascar, 15% of the population has electricity access. In Slovakia, 100% of the population do.

be 17.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Madagascar, approximately 4.7% of the population has internet access. In Slovakia, about 80.5% do.

be 94.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Madagascar, approximately 52% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 35% in rural areas). In Slovakia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on education


Madagascar spends 2.1% of its total GDP on education. Slovakia spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.7 times more on healthcare


Madagascar spends 3.0% 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 Madagascar? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes, Tax Directorate, Slovakia.

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