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Information about Slovakia

Facts about Slovakia

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Official name Slovenska Republika (= Slowaakse republiek)
Surface 48.845 square kilometer (1,2 x the Netherlands)
Inhabitants 5.4 million (2016)
Population density 111 people per km²
Capital Bratislava
Currency In 2009 Slovakia introduced the Euro. 1 € is about $ 1,17 (2017)
Road network There are not many highways, but most two-lane roads are in very good conditions. Maximum speed: 60 in built-up areas, 90 outside and 130 km. on the highways.
Fuel prices For actual fuel prices in all European countries see Autotraveler.ru.
Code licence plate SK
Telephone countrycode 421
Internet countrycode .sk
Time difference GMT+1; the same time as in the Netherlands

Geographic data

Slovakia is a republic in Central-Europe and borders in the north on Poland (444 kilometers), in the east on the Ukraine (90 km), in the south on Hungary (515 km), in the southwest on Austria (127 km) and in the west on the Czech Republic(215 km).
The Austrian capital Vienna is only 60 kilometera from tha Slovakian capital Bratislava. Slovakia has no coastline.
More information at insidecountryinfo.com.

PopulationNaar boven

Over 86% of the people is Slovak. An important minority (11%) are the Hungarians, who mainly live in the south. The relation between the two people has been very bad, but has improved by the acknowledgment of Hungarian as a minority language and the possibility of bilingual education. The Hungarians are represented in parlement by the Hungarian Coaltion Party (SMK).
Look at insidecountryinfo.com to find out more about this.

LanguagesNaar boven

The official language is Slovak, which belongs to the West-Slavian language group, together with Czech and Polish.
About 5.4 milion people speak Slovak inside Slovakia and another half million people use it outside Slovakia, especially in the United States, Canada and Australia, and some Slovakian minorities in Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The Slovakian language has long been neglected by the Hungarians and Czechs as an official language. The Hungarian language is now accepted as a minority language.

HistoryNaar boven

Since 1993 Slovakia is an independant country and therefore has her own history, although it is connected with several other countries.
We have decided not to write a detailed history anymore, since we would have to cite other sources that are often on the internet as well. Instead a few links with more information about Slovakian history:
Slovakia.org, overview of Slovakian history
Slovakia EUnet, extensive articles about Slovakian history

ClimateNaar boven

The climate has a strong continental character with warm summers and cold winters. In the mountains it is mostly a bit colder.
More information can be found at slovakia.org (scroll down to the middle of the page).

Flora and faunaNaar boven

The animal world and the fauna has (obviously) a Central-European character. There are many national parks and nature reserves.
More information about national parks at slovakia.org.

The actual weather

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