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The Slovak Republic was founded January 1, 1993 as a democratic state with the parliamentary form of government. The president of the republic is elected directly from the citizens and remains in office for 5 years.The National Assembly (the parliament) is the legislative power, its is 150 members are elected for a 4 years term. The suprem body of the executive power is the government with the chairman at its head.


Andrej Kiska, elected on 15th june 2014
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Prime Minister

Róbert Fico
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Official language



49.035 km2


Slovakia is lies in Central Europe. The central and northern Slovakia is a mountainous region. The southern and eastern Slovakia is a lowland region, being an important agricultural area of the country.

Time Zone

1 hr ahead of GMT, the summer time which lasts from March to December is 2 hrs ahead of GMT, as in all European countries.


230 V/50 Hz, standard socket with safety pin


Ukraine 95.8 km, Poland 508.2 km, Austria 115.3 km, Hungary 630.9 km, Czech Republic 261.3 km


Slovakia has a moderate climate, with cold and rigid winters, and with moderate and rainy summers. The lowest annual temperature is in mountain (at Lomnicky Peak; -3,7°C). The warmest zone is the Podunajska Lowland. (10.3°C).


The Slovak Republic has 5.379.455 of inhabitants (2001) of whom 51,4% they are women.
The population that lives in Slovacchia so is subdivided: Slovak nationality 85,7%, Hungarian minority 10,6%, Czech 1,1%, Roma 1,6%, Ruthenian 0,3%, Ukrainian, 0,3%, Poles and Germans.

The capital

Bratislava (451.616 inhabitants)


68,9% of the population is roman catholic, 6,9% are protestants of Augsburg confession, 4,1% greek-catholic, 2% calvinist, 0.5% orthodox.

State holidays

  • 1 January - New Year's Day, and Anniversary of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic in 1993
  • 5 July - St. Cyril and Methodius' Day
  • 29 August - Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising
  • 1 September - The Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic
  • 17 November - The day of the struggle against the totalitarianism

Festive days

  • 6 gennaio - Epiphany (The Three Magi)
  • Good Friday, Easter Monday
  • 1 May - Labour Day
  • 8 May - Victory against Fascism Day
  • 15 September - Lady of Sorrows Day / Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 1 November - All Saints Day
  • 24 December - Christmas Eve
  • 25 December - Christmas Day
  • 26 December - St. Stephen`s Day


Slovakia adopted the euro on 1 January 2009, replacing its previous currency, the Slovak koruna.
Credit cards
Major credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard/Eurocard) and debit cards (Maestro and Visa Electron) may be used to withdraw cash from automatic dispensers of major banks (VÚB, TatraBanka, Slovenská Sporitelna) and for payments in hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations. Credit cards can also be used to obtain currency. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Traffic regulation:

On the main roads the speed limit is 90 km/h. On the highway the speed limit is 130 km/h, in the cities and villages it is 50 km/h. Children until 12 years of age must not be seated on front seat. The safety belts have to be fastened on the front seat and back-seat also in towns. To the requisite equipment of vehicle belong a medicine-chest, towing-rope, accident triangle, spare tire.

Town destinations

  • Bratislava - Vienna 60 km
  • Bratislava - Prague 350 km
  • Bratislava - Zilina 210 km
  • Bratislava - Banska Bystrica 213 km
  • Banska Bystrica - Kosice 237 km
  • Banská Bystrica - Poprad 140 km
  • Zilina - Kosice 265 km

Important telephone numbers:

  • SOS, emergency calls 112
  • Police 112
  • Fire/Rescue 112
  • PAmbulance/Rescue 112, 16155
  • Road service (ASA Slovakia) 18 124


Direct international telephone connection is possible with numerous countries in the world. IDD is possible. Calls in Slovakia – SR country code: +421 and the area code of the given city/region (e.g. Bratislava 02) Calls abroad – use code: 00 + the appropriate country code + local area code + telephone/fax number.

Knowing Slovakia

The Slovak Republic is situated in the Central Europe. The Capital City Bratislava is the biggest city in Slovakia and it has a strategic position for the business, but it has started also to be an interesting turistic destination thanks to its vicinity to three other important European capitals: Vienna, Budapest and Prague.


Cultural events see all

25 November 2016 - 17 April 2017

The Tatra Temple – Tatranský dóm

A basilica of ice in the High Tatras! We are opening on 25th November! The well-known Tatra Temple

24 November - 22 December 2017

Christmas Markets in Bratislava

Performances of folklore, folk, singing and dancing companies and groups on the Main Square

18 november - 4 december 2016

Bratislava Music Festival

The 52nd year of the Bratislava Music Festival is the most important and most prestigious international festival in Slovakia

21-23 October 2016

Bratislava Jazz Days SLSP 2016

The international jazz festival BJD is one of the greatest events of this kind in central Europe. The 42end year of the Bratislava Jazz Days

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Did a 17th century Slovakian lawyer invent the smiley face and the hashtag?

Curators find the 'world's first emoji' in a 382-year-old memo. Researchers are claiming to have found the world's oldest emoji - a 382-year-old smiley face. Officially created in the 1980's

Slovakia's Cibulková wins WTA Finals

Dominika Cibulková's records a life achievement after defeating German Angelique Kerber. Dominika Cibulková is the winner of the WTA Finals in Singapore. She beat her opponent, number one in the world ranking, Angelique Kerber, in two sets 6:3, 6:4. The match lasted 77 minutes.

World Championships: Sagan beats Cavendish to defend elite men's world title in Doha.

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) retained his World Championships title in Doha, Qatar with a dominant sprint performance to hold off Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) in second and Tom Boonen (Belgium) in third.

Sagan first Slovak ever to become brand ambassador for Slovakia.

The World and European cycling champion, Peter Sagan is the first personality to bear the honorary title ‘Good Idea Slovakia’ brand ambassador. ‘Good Idea Slovakia’ is a slogan being used to represent

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