Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Slovakia instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 43.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Slovakia, that number is 20.5% of people.

live 2.7 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Slovakia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

be 18.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Slovakia, however, that number is 12.3%.

spend 36.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Slovakia, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 44.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Slovakia, the GDP per capita is $33,000.

be 84.1% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1%.

Life

be 57.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Slovakia, 6.0 women do.

be 12.1% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Slovakia, on the other hand, 5.1 children do.

have 22.4% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Slovakia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 52.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

Learn more about Slovakia

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.

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