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Slovak Republic | Slovenska Republika
Flag of Slovakia
Formerly a part of Austria-Hungary, the Slovaks joined with the closely related regions of Bohemia and neighbouring Moravia to form Czechoslovakia in 1918. In the chaos of World War II Slovakia became a separate republic in 1938, tightly controlled by Germany. Post World War II in 1945 with the Warsaw Pact Czechoslovakia has become a communist state within a Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe. With the collapse of the Soviet influence in 1989 Czechoslovakia became a sovereign state.
Historic, political, and geographic factors have caused Slovakia to experience more difficulty than some of its Central European neighbors in developing from a centrally planned economy to a modern market economy.
In 1993 the Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully. In 2004 Slovakia became a member of the European Union and the NATO.
border countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine
related countries: Russia
long form: Slovenska Republika
int'l form: Slovakia
int'l long form: Slovak Republic
ISO Country Code: sk
Time Zone: CET
Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Sun-Nov-23 17:57
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +2)
Country Calling Code: +421
Capital City: Bratislava (pop. 451 395)
Kosice (242 170)
Capital of Eastern Slovakia and the second largest city in the Slovak Republic.
Presov (93 461)
City of Presovsk (Slovak)
Nitra (87 555), Zilina (86 923), Banska Bystrica (84 816)
Type: Parliamentary republic.
Independence: The Slovak Republic was established l January 1993
(former Czechoslovak Republic established 1918).
Constitution: Signed September 3, 1992.
Area: 49,035 km² (18,932 sq. mi.)
Location: landlocked country in Central Europe, bounded on the northwest by the Czech Republic, on the north by Poland, on the east by Ukraine, on the south by Hungary, and on the southwest by Austria.
Climate: Temperate; mild summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters.
Population: 5.4 million (2011)
Ethnic groups (2001): Slovaks 85.8%, Hungarians 9.7%, Roma 1.7%, Czechs 0.8%, Ruthenians 0.4%, Ukranians 0.2%, other 1.4%.
Unofficial estimates place the Roma population between 6%-10%.
Religions (2001): Roman Catholic 69%, Protestant 9%, Greek Catholic 4%, Orthodox 0.9%.
Languages: Slovak (official), Hungarian, Ruthenian, and Ukrainian.
Natural resources: Antimony, mercury, iron, copper, lead, zinc, magnesite, limestone, lignite.
Agriculture products: Milk, eggs, poultry, cattle, hogs, potatoes, oils, grains, vegetables.
Industries: Metal and metal products; food and beverages; electricity, gas, coke, oil, nuclear fuel; chemicals and manmade fibers; machinery; paper and printing; earthenware and ceramics; transport vehicles; textiles; electrical and optical apparatus; rubber products.
Exports partners: Germany 37.2%, Czech Republic 12%, Austria 9.8%, Italy 5.4%, Poland 4.7%, US 4.7%, Hungary 4.2% (2003)
Imports partners: Germany 27.5%, Czech Republic 18.3%, Russia 10.8%, Austria 6.4%, Italy 5.6%, Poland 4.1%, Hungary 4% (2003)
Currency: Slovak Koruna (SKK)
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The Government of Slovakia.
The President of the Slovak Republic
Rudolf Schuster's office (in Slovak).
Ministerstvo Zahranicnych Veci
Slovakia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
Slovakia's representation to the UN.
Embassy of the Slovak Republic in the U.S.
The Mission in Washington D.C.
Slovak Embassies Abroad
Address Llist of Slovak Embassies Abroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Slovakia
Address Llist of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Slovakia.
Statisticky úrad Slovenskej republiky
Statistical Office of the Slowak Repubilc.
Slovensky hydrometeorologicky ústav (SHMÚ)
Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute.
Map of Slovakia
Political Map of Slovakia.
Google Earth Map Slovakia (Slovensko)
Searchable map and satellite view of Slovakia.
Google Earth Map Bratislava
Searchable map and satellite view of Slovakia's capital city.
Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.
National News (in Slovak).
With news in several languages.
Slovak News Agency.
The Slovak Spectator
A monthly review of current events.
National News (in Slovak).
News Agency of the Slovak Republic.
A guide to Museums and Galleries in Slovakia
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Exhibit galleries filled with items that tell the story of the Czech and Slovak peoples.
Showcase the literary, artistic, and scholarly contributions of Slovaks and Slovak-Americans to the world.
Slovak Design Center
Non-profit, state-funded institution, active in the area of culture of SR since 1991.
Slovenske Narodne Muzeum
The Slovak National Museum.
National Bank of Slovakia
Bratislava Stock Exchange
Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Slovak Investment and Trade Developement Agency
Airline is based in Bratislava.
M. R. Štefánik Airport
Principal airport of Slovakia; Bratislava.
Official Web Site of the Slovak Tourist Board.
Slovakia Daily Surveyor
News and information from and about Slovakia.
A guide to the Slovac Republic.
Provides information about cities, regions, routes, accommodation and travel solutions.
The City of Bratislava.
A guide to Banská Bystrica.
City of Kosice, capital of Eastern Slovakia and the second largest city in the Slovak Republic.
Official website of the city of Nitra.
City of Presovsk (in Slovak)
City of Zilina portal site.
NEW Hotels in Slovakia
Find a Hotel in Slovakia.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV)
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovak Technical University
Founded in 1938 , Bratislava.
CU was founded in 1919 and follows the university tradition of the Academia Istropolitana which was established in Bratislava by Matthias Corvinus, the Hungarian King, in 1465.
Slovak Academic Network
IP network infrastructure in Slovakia.
Slovak foundation for the development of civil society and environmental sustainability.
Slovak Greenpeace site (in Slovak)
Priatelia Zeme Slovensko
Friends of the Earth Slovakia.
Slovenska agentura zivotneho prostredia
Slovak environmental agency an organisation of the Ministry of Environment.
Za matku Zem
For Mother of Earth, Slovakia (in Slovak)
Regional Environmental Center
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum
Institution in the United States that preserves and interprets Czech and Slovak history and culture.
History of Slovakia
On the way to nationhood
The Slovak history.
Slovakias History in Brief
Travel and country related index.
Internet directory of interesting Slovak sites.
Additional Information on SlovakiaBBC News Country Profile: Slovakia
Governments on the WWW: Slovakia
Open Directory Project: Slovakia
Russian and East European Network Information Center on Slovakia
The World Factbook -- Slovakia
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