Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.0 years longer

In Slovakia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).


make 15.5% more money

Slovakia has a GDP per capita of $33,000, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 37.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Slovakia, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Slovakia, 12.3% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

spend 95.2% more on taxes

Slovakia has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.


be 33.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Slovakia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 35.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Slovakia, approximately 5.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 11.3% fewer children

In Slovakia, there are approximately 9.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 23.9% less likely to have internet access

In Slovakia, approximately 80.5% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


spend 10.9% less on education

Slovakia spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 13.6% more on healthcare

Slovakia spends 8.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.

Italy: At a glance

Italy is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 294,140 sq km. Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

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

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


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