Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 99.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Slovakia, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 16.9 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Slovakia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 32.3% more likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Slovakia, that number is 20.5% of people.

Economy

make 14.3 times more money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Slovakia, the GDP per capita is $33,000.

be 28.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Slovakia, that number is 8.1%.

be 83.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Slovakia, however, that number is 12.3%.

spend 50.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Slovakia, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 98.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Slovakia, 6.0 women do.

be 84.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Slovakia, on the other hand, 5.1 children do.

have 71.6% less children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Slovakia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of the population has electricity access. In Slovakia, 100% of the population do.

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Slovakia, about 80.5% do.

be 30.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Slovakia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 45.2% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Slovakia spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.6% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% 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 Zimbabwe? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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