Have you ever wondered how similar or different two countries are? The Country Similarity Index attempts to quantify how similar countries are to each other relative to other countries. The index is a statistically-based way to measure this. It weighs equally five major aspects of countries: their demographics, culture, politics, infrastructure, and geography. The methodology is exactly the same for each country. The research combines 1,000 different data points to arrive at the conclusions.
Similar to mostly Catholic countries in Eastern Europe
Many European countries are similar to the Slovakia. Due to its relatively central position in Europe, it has a mix of different traits from both Eastern, Western, and also Northern Europe. The top five countries are all mostly Catholic countries in Eastern Europe and are also in the European Union. Four of the top five natively speak Slavic languages.
Four of the five least similar countries are close to the Red Sea. Their standard of living is much lower than Slovakia. In addition, their governments are less democratic and more conservative. The five least similar countries are also mostly desert and have a low percentage of farmland and forested land.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Slovakia
- Czechia and Slovakia were part of the same country until 1992, so they share similar traits. Czech and Slovak are mutually intelligible languages. Both countries have St. Cyril and Methodius Day as a public holiday. Their diets are similar since they eat a lot of pork. In addition, both countries enjoy ice hockey and soccer. They also have won many medals in canoeing at the Olympics. However, Czechia is less mountainous and more densely populated. It also relies on coal power plants to create energy, not nuclear power plants like in Slovakia.
- Slovenia does not border Slovakia, but it is similar in many ways. Both countries are fairly mountainous, but Slovakia is landlocked. They also use a mixture of coal, hydropower, and nuclear energy to create electricity. Their parliamentary governments are especially similar. Their laws are nearly identical, except that Slovenia has decriminalized drugs and also civil unions for same sex relationships.
- Hungary is the only non-Slavic country on this list. Like Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, it was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, before its dissolution after World War I. It is another landlocked country in Europe with an extremely similar climate and terrain. Furthermore, around 10% of people in Slovakia have Hungarian ethnicity, mostly on its southern border with Hungary.
- Poland is located to the north of Slovakia. The exact border between them has changed several times in the past hundred years. The countries also have a similar standard of living. However, Poland is less mountainous and has a higher percentage of farmland. While both countries are mostly Catholic, Poland is more religious. It also does not use the parliamentary form of government.
- Croatia is yet another Catholic, Slavic-speaking country on this list. They have a relatively similar standard of living. One big difference is that Croatia borders the Mediterranean and it has many beaches in contrast to the landlocked Slovakia. In addition, basketball and handball are more popular in Croatia, while fewer people are interested in ice hockey.
- Bulgaria, 7. Austria, 8. Serbia, 9. Lithuania, 10. Romania
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Slovakia
- Sudan is located in the Sahara Desert. Due to civil war, the country’s infrastructure is not well developed. In addition, it is a predominately Muslim country where most people speak Arabic. The country recently lost some territory to the newly formed country of South Sudan.
- Somalia is another anarchic, Muslim country in Africa that has poorly developed infrastructure, due to civil war. In addition, it has a hot desert climate, not a cool temperate forest landscape. It also has a lot of coastline in contrast to Slovakia. Still, both countries do use the Latin alphabet, although their languages are unrelated.
- Eritrea is another country that borders the Red Sea on this list. Its government has been a dictatorship for almost 20 years. Its unique language and writing system are completely different from Slovak. However, a majority of its people are Christian, although they are mostly Oriental Orthodox and more religious.
- Yemen is located on the Arabian Peninsula, across the Red Sea from Eritrea. It is another conservative Muslim country that has poorly developed infrastructure, due to Civil War. Although both countries are mountainous. Yemen is much hotter and drier than Slovakia. One thing they do share is that both of their people are considered to be Caucasian, although their ancestry is still significantly different.
- Gambia is a former British colony in Africa. Its population is mostly Muslim. In contrast to Slovakia, it is not mountainous and its climate is much hotter. Furthermore, their diets are highly dissimilar. Gambians tend to eat fish, rice, and millet, not pork, potatoes, and wheat products. Still, like Somalia, it has adopted the Latin alphabet, although its language is completely different from Slovak.
- Niger, 7. Mauritania, 8. Bangladesh, 9. Cambodia, 10. Chad
Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Slovakia
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