Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Czech Republic instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 28.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Czech Republic, that number is 26.0% of people.

live 1.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Czech Republic, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 36.4% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Czech Republic, that number is 2.8%.

be 35.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Czech Republic, however, that number is 9.7%.

spend 44.4% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Czech Republic, the top tax rate is 22.0%.

make 40.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Czech Republic, the GDP per capita is $35,500.

Life

be 71.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Czech Republic, 4.0 women do.

be 55.2% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Czech Republic, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 25.6% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Czech Republic, there are 9.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 20.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Czech Republic spends 4.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 56.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Czech Republic, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

Learn more about Czech Republic

Czech Republic is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 77,247 sq km. At the close of World War I, the Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar years, having rejected a federal system, the new country's predominantly Czech leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the increasingly strident demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Slovaks, the Sudeten Germans, and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians). On the eve of World War II, Nazi Germany occupied the territory that today comprises the Czech Republic and Slovakia became an independent state allied with Germany. After the war, a reunited but truncated Czechoslovakia (less Ruthenia) fell within the Soviet sphere of influence. 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, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.

How big is Czech Republic compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Financial Administration of the Czech Republic.