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Destination Slovakia, a virtual guide to the Slovak Republic, a mountainous landlocked country in Central Europe that is bordered by Austria and the Czech Republic in west, by Hungary in south, by Poland in north, and the Ukraine in east.

Formerly part of Czechoslovakia, it was known as the Slovak Socialist Republic from 1969 until 1990. In 1993, the Slovak Republic became an independent sovereign state.

The country covers an area of 49,035 km², making it somewhat larger than half the size of Portugal or about twice the size of the U.S. state New Hampshire.

Slovakia has a population of 5.4 million people (in 2015), Slovakia's capital and largest city is Bratislava. Spoken languages are Slovak (official) and Hungarian.

Slovak Republic | Slovenska Republika

Country Profile

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.

related countries: Russia, Czech Republic

Official Name:
long form: Slovenska Republika
int'l form: Slovakia
int'l long form: Slovak Republic
abbreviation: SR

ISO Country Code: sk, svk

Time Zone: CET
Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Tue-July-16  20:10
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +2)

Country Calling Code: +421

Capital City: Bratislava (pop. 451 395)

Other Cities:
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.

Nationality: Slovak(s).
Population: 5.4 million (2015)
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.
Literacy: 99%.

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 - commodities: vehicles and related parts 27%, machinery and electrical equipment 20%, nuclear reactors and furnaces 12%, iron and steel 4%, mineral oils and fuels 5% (2015 est.)

Exports partners: Germany 22.7%, Czech Republic 12.5%, Poland 8.5%, Austria 5.7%, Hungary 5.7%, France 5.6%, UK 5.5%, Italy 4.5% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and electrical equipment 20%, vehicles and related parts 14%, nuclear reactors and furnaces 12%, fuel and mineral oils 9% (2015 est.)

Imports partners: Germany 19.4%, Czech Republic 17.4%, Austria 9.1%, Hungary 6.3%, Poland 6.3%, South Korea 5.5%, Russia 5.2%, China 4.1% (2015)

Currency: Slovak Koruna (SKK)

Political System
Slovakia is a parliamentary democratic republic with a multi-party system. The head of state of Slovakia is the president, he is elected by direct popular vote for a five-year term. Head of government is the Prime Minister, he is appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament. In 2004 Slovakia became an EU member country, and in December 2007, it joined the Schengen zone.

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Official Sites of Slovakia

Úrad Vlády
Government Office of the Slovak Republic.

The President of the Slovak Republic
Office of the President of the Slovak

Ministerstvo Zahranicnych Veci
Slovakia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Diplomatic Missions
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.

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 Google Earth Map Slovakia (Slovensko)
Searchable map and satellite view of Slovakia.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Bratislava
Searchable map and satellite view of Slovakia's capital city.

Map of Central Europe
Political Map of Central Europe.
Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

Tatra Mountains seen from lake Oko
Tatra Mountains seen from Lake Oko (eye). The Tatras are a mountain range that forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland.
Image: Op

Slovakia News

Nový Čas
Popular newspaper (tabloid), the best-selling daily in Slovakia.
Political-oriented daily with national news (in Slovak)
Mainstream broadsheet in Slovakia (in Slovak)
Tabloid style online magazine with national news.

English language
The Slovak Spectator
International Weekly.
The Daily Slovakia
English language news from Slovakia.

rtv: (Radio and Television Slovakia)
With news in several languages.

News Agency
The News Agency of the Slovak Republic.

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Arts & Culture

Museum SK
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.


Business & Economy

Slovakia's economy is based on industry (25%), trade, transport, accommodation and catering (22%), public administration, defense, education, health and social services (13.6 %).

National Bank of Slovakia
Bratislava Stock Exchange

Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Slovak Investment and Trade Developement Agency

Air Slovakia
Airline is based in Bratislava.

M. R. Štefánik Airport
Principal airport of Slovakia in Bratislava.
Bojnice Castle, Bojnice, Slovakia
12th century Bojnice Castle with some original Gothic and Renaissance elements is one of the many tourist destinations in Slovakia.
Image: Pudelek

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Slovakia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Slovakia: Bratislava, High Tatra Mountains, Danube River, Súľov Mountains, Spiš Castle, Spiš Castle, Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Slovak Paradise National Park.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, and much more.

Official portal for travel in Slovakia.

SACR Slovakia
Official Web Site of the Slovak Tourist Board.

Slovakia travel guide.
A guide to the Slovac Republic.

Provides information about cities, regions, routes, accommodation and travel solutions.

Cities Guides
The City of Bratislava.

Banská Bystrica
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.



Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV)
Bratislava (Slovak).
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovak Technical University
Founded in 1938 , Bratislava.
University Comenius
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.

Environment - Environmental organizations Slovakia

Ekopolis Foundation
Slovak foundation for the development of civil society and environmental sustainability.
Greenpeace Slovakia
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 & Library
Institution in the United States that preserves and interprets Czech and Slovak history and culture.

History of Slovakia
The Slovak history.
History of Slovakia
Comprehensive presentation of Slovakia's history by Slovak-Republic.org.


Travel and country related index.
Slovak Web
Internet directory of interesting Slovak sites.

Open Directory Project: Slovakia

Sources and additional Information on Slovakia

BBC Country Profile: Slovakia

EU member countries: Slovakia

GlobalEDGE: Slovakia

OEC: Slovakia

Wikipedia: Slovakia

The World Factbook -- Slovakia
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