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Slovakia

Slovakia Tour

Slovakia (Slovak Republic) was constituted on 1 January, 1993., as a new independent nation, following the dissolution of the 74 year old federal republic of Czechoslovakia. Landlocked in central Europe, its neighbors are the CZECH REPUBLIC to the west, POLAND to the north, AUSTRIA and HUNGARY to the south, and a short border with UKRAINE in the east. The northern half of the republic is occupied by the Tatra Mountains which form the northern arm of the Carpathian Mountains. This region has vast forests and pastures used for intensive sheep grazing, and is rich in high-grade minerals such as copper, iron, zinc and lead. The southern part of Slovakia is a plain drained by the Danube and its tributaries. Farms, vineyards, orchards and pastures for stock form the basis of southern Slovakia’s economy. Slovakia has many economic and environmental problems as a legacy of the inefficient industrialization of the old regime. In the early 1990s unemployment increased and inflation was high, resulting in a lowering in the standard of living. Tourism is now increasing at the ski resorts and historic cities.

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Slovakia Tour: Slovakia – Fact and Info

Geographic coordinates: 48 40 N, 19 30
Area: 48,845 sq km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Climate: temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

Population: 5,463,046

Ethnic groups: Slovak 85.8%, Hungarian 9.7%, Roma 1.7%, Ruthenian/Ukrainian 1%, other and unspecified 1.8%

Religions:Roman Catholic 68.9%, Protestant 10.8%, Greek Catholic 4.1%, other or unspecified 3.2%, none 13%

Languages: Slovak (official) 83.9%, Hungarian 10.7%, Roma 1.8%, Ukrainian 1%, other or unspecified 2.6%

Capital city: Bratislava

National holiday: Constitution Day, 1 September (1992)

Internet country code: .sk

International Country Calling Code: 421

Currency: euro (EUR)

web sites: www.slovakia.com, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovakia, www.slovensko.com

Slovakia