Slovakia: everything you need to know

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Where is Slovakia
To know everything about Slovakia, first of all we need to know its location.
Better known as “Slovakia”, the Slovak Republic is located in Central Europe, also called Eastern Europe, in the heart of Europe. Scientifically, the heart of Europe is situated on the Krahule mountain, close to the historic city of Kremnica, in the central part.
It is an independent country and has no outlet to the sea.

Neighboring countries
Slovakia is bordered by Poland to the north, the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Ukraine to the east, and Hungary to the south.

Map of slovakia
Slovakia has a territory of 49,035 km². See the map of the region.

Capital of slovakia
The Slovak capital is Bratislava. It is located in the southwest of the country, on the banks of the Danube River.
It is the only European country whose capital forms part of the border with two other countries: Austria and Hungary.

Slovak language
The population is made up of: Slovaks (86%), Hungarians (11%), Roma (2%) and others (1%). The official language of the country is Slovak, but due to the mixture of peoples, Czech, Hungarian, German, as well as other regional languages are also spoken.
English is spoken by some people in tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants and transport facilities, but it is limited.
If you are going to travel to Europe, be aware that travel insurance is mandatory.

Slovakia flag
It consists of the colors white, blue and red. They represent the colors of the Slavic peoples. On the flag, the national coat of arms of the Slovak Republic is located on the left.

Slovakia currency
The Euro is the official currency. The country has been a member of the Eurozone since 2009.

Brief history of the country
See, briefly, the history of Slovakia.

Hungarian domain
From the 10th century until the beginning of the 20th century, Slovakia was under Hungarian rule. During the 16th century, Bratislava, the current capital of Slovakia, became the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, which would soon become the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the following century, Bratislava became the largest city in the region and was considered the capital of culture, economy and politics. After that, the capital of the empire became Vienna. In the 18th century, the first moves towards Slovak independence were noticed.

Post World War I
The Austro-Hungarian Empire came to an end and in 1918 Slovakia, along with the territory of Bohemia and Moravia, was declared Czechoslovakia, dominated by Nazi Germany. In 1938, it became a separate republic. But with the end of the Second World War, Czechoslovakia was reconstituted. From 1945, Czechoslovakia became the Soviet Union’s zone of influence.

The communist regime continued even after the end of the Cold War, being extinguished only in 1989, with the Velvet Revolution, a peaceful revolution, which resulted in free elections in 1990. With that, Czechoslovakia was divided into two states: the Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which became official in 1993.

Slovakia’s economy
In 2002, the government began to introduce consecutive economic reforms and after a few years the country became attractive to foreign investors. The unemployment rate has dropped and economic growth has increased considerably. In 2004, the Slovak Republic was officially accepted as a member of the European Union (EU).

In 2009, it joined the Euro Zone. Today, this recent country is among the best emerging markets in Europe, with an advanced high-income economy (per capita income of US$ 32,900, year 2017).Currently, Slovakia has a stable liberal democracy, with a market-oriented economy, whose rules are fully linked to the European Union. If moving abroad is in your plans, it might be interesting to know when is the best time to move to Europe.