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Slovakia

Background

Slovakia

The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I allowed the Slovaks to join the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a Communist nation within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993. Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the euro area on 1 January 2009.

About

Slovakia or Slovak Republic (Slovak: Slovensko or Slovenská republika, both names are officially recognized), is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is surrounded by Austria to the west, Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east.

With numerous medieval gothic and baroque towns, nine national parks, plenty of caves, well preserved folk architecture and traditions, lively and cosmopolitan capital city and probably the highest number of castles and chateaux per capita in the world, there's something for every traveler to enjoy in Slovakia.

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Featured journals from

Slovakia

Hron 2010

by JanNovak

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Jul 2010  »  Czech Republic | Slovakia

Featured hotels in

Slovakia

SlovakiaGrand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras 

Kupelna 6
Strbske Pleso 059-85
Slovakia

Price (US$): $188 - $516 / night

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Location. Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is a business friendly hotel located in Strbske Pleso's High Tatras neighborhood, close to Strbske Pleso. Other area points of interest include Tatra National Park and Morskie Oko. Hotel Features. Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a… more »

SlovakiaSheraton Hotel Bratislava 

Pribinova 12
Bratislava 811 09
Slovakia

Price (US$): $123 - $314 / night

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Location. Located in central Bratislava, Sheraton Hotel Bratislava is near the airport and close to Slovak National Theatre, Presidential Palace, and Primate's Palace. Additional points of interest include Hviezdoslavovo Square and St. Martin's Cathedral. Hotel Features. Sheraton Hotel Bratislava's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

SlovakiaGRAND KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS 

Strbske Pleso 27
vysoke tatry 05985
Slovakia

Price (US$): $258 - $4711 / night

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Occupying a prime location on an alpine lake 1.351 metres above sea level in the spectacular High Tatra Mountains, the Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is an exclusive resort affording discerning guests the very best in year round sports, entertainment and relaxation. The hotel is a landmark in the picturesque village of Strbske Pleso and the ideal starting point for all those engaging in the broad range of activities the area has to offer. more »

SlovakiaHotel Albrecht 

Mudronova 82
Bratislava 81103
Slovakia

Price (US$): $246 - $538 / night

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Location. Hotel Albrecht is located in Bratislava's Bratislava Castle Hrad neighborhood, close to Slavin Monument, Bratislava Castle, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Nearby points of interest also include New Bridge and Primate's Palace. Hotel Features. Hotel Albrecht's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's full… more »

SlovakiaTulip House Boutique Hotel Bratislava 

Sturova 10
Bratislava 811-02
Slovakia

Price (US$): $129 - $458 / night

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Location. Located in central Bratislava, Tulip House Boutique Hotel Bratislava is within walking distance of Blue Church and Primate's Palace. Nearby points of interest also include St. Martin's Cathedral and New Bridge. Hotel Features. Tulip House Boutique Hotel Bratislava features a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. There is a full service health spa on site. This 5 star… more »

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Slovakia

Full name
Slovensko
Capital
Bratislava
Location

Central Europe, south of Poland

Geographic coordinates

48 40 N, 19 30 E

Area comparative

about twice the size of New Hampshire

Border countries

Austria 91 km, Czech Republic 197 km, Hungary 676 km, Poland 420 km, Ukraine 90 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

Terrain

rugged mountains in the central and northern part and lowlands in the south

Lowest point

Bodrok River 94 m

Highest point

Gerlachovsky Stit 2,655 m

Natural resources

brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land

Population

5,470,306 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Slovak 85.8%, Hungarian 9.7%, Roma 1.7%, Ruthenian/Ukrainian 1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 68.9%, Protestant 10.8%, Greek Catholic 4.1%, other or unspecified 3.2%, none 13% (2001 census)

Languages

Slovak (official) 83.9%, Hungarian 10.7%, Roma 1.8%, Ukrainian 1%, other or unspecified 2.6% (2001 census)

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

1 January 1993 (Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia)

National holiday

Constitution Day, 1 September (1992)

Chief of state

President Ivan GASPAROVIC (since 15 June 2004)

Head of government

Prime Minister Iveta RADICOVA (since 8 July 2010); Deputy Prime Ministers Jan FIGEL, Ivan MIKLOS, Jozef MIHAL, Rudolf CHMEL (since 9 July 2010)

Internet country code

.sk

Internet users

4.063 million (2009)

Airports

36 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Bratislava, Komarno

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