SLOVAKIA



Mikuláš Dzurinda
Prime Minister

Slovakia

(pronounced "MI-ku-lash dzuh-RIN-dah")

"The basic precondition for a successful fulfillment of tasks that stand ahead of us is political stability. There is no time for artificial ideological conflicts."

Slovakia is located in Central Europe and shares its borders with five states: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine. Its total area is 48,800 sq km (18,842 sq mi).

Slovakia's population was estimated at 5.4 million in July 2002. Approximately 86% of the people are Slovaks. Other nationalities include Hungarians (10.6%), the Roma (1.6%), Czechs, Moravians, Ruthenians, Ukrainians, Germans, Jews, Poles, and Croats. The official language is Slovak, but Hungarian is also somewhat widely used. The Slovak Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Religious affiliation is 60% Roman Catholic, 10% atheist, 8% Protestant, 4% Orthodox, and 18% unidentified.

Despite a modern European economy and society, a large number of citizens live in rural areas. About 45% of Slovaks live in villages of less than 5,000 people, and 14% in villages of less than 1,000. Slovakia's currency is the Slovak koruna (Sk). Per capita gross domestic product (GDP) was about us$12,200 in 2002. That year, the unemployment rate stood at 17% of the workforce.

ADDRESS

Urad Vlady SR
Namestie Slobody 1
Bratislava, Slovakia

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Sara
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Dec 6, 2012 @ 6:06 am
I do not think that Slovaks in general are lokinog for a greener grass behind the fence. The reason they leave their homes and go abroad is just to win some experiences, to learn a foreign language or simply to earn money. They are just taking the chance to make the entrance to a better life, represented through money. My relatives and friends who have worked abroad made me familiar with this strategy: go abroad – find a work – earn money – return back home. This circle has a long tradition; it has nothing to do with the state regime or era in time. The principle is always the same: the reasons for the work of my grand grandmother in Austria 90 years ago would be pretty comparable with my own motivation.Family is the most appreciated value of Slovak people. The strong relationships to relatives are the reason why “the travelers” go abroad and also why return back to Slovakia after some time. If it is not possible, they at least try to have their family abroad. But they also dream about coming back to the place they were born in.Slovakia is a beautiful country, with interesting (and not so short) history, deeply rooted traditions and habits, which no Slovak can deny. He/ she can only try. It is hard to explain such feelings because they are too specific for each nationality. Yes, I think nationalism would be an appropriate word for this situation – nationalism as the feeling that you belong somewhere where you are considered as an insider and you are able to communicate this fact. And nationalism means for me also the optimism for the future, watching the greener grass growing on our side of the fence. Endless complaining and comparing with someone are good for nothing and I guess that many (Slovak) people realized it and have enough power to struggle for themselves and for their families. That is the motivation that we have to unveil our hidden treasures for the entire world to see.

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