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Slovakia’s roots can be traced to the 9th century state of Great Moravia. Subsequently, the Slovaks became part of the Hungarian Kingdom, where they remained for the next 1,000 years. Following the formation of the dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1867, language and education policies favoring the use of Hungarian (Magyarization) resulted in a strengthening of Slovak nationalism and a cultivation of cultural ties with the closely related Czechs, who were under Austrian rule. After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I, the Slovaks joined the Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar period, Slovak nationalist leaders pushed for autonomy within Czechoslovakia, and in 1939 Slovakia became an independent state allied with Nazi Germany. Following World War II, Czechoslovakia was reconstituted and came under communist rule within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country’s leaders to liberalize communist rule and create “socialism with a human face,” ushering in a period of repression known as “normalization.” The peaceful “Velvet Revolution” swept the Communist Party from power at the end of 1989 and inaugurated a return to democratic rule and a market economy. On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a nonviolent “velvet divorce” into its two national components, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the euro zone on 1 January 2009.

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Slovakia Tourism Information…

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Slovakia Tourism Information…

Eastern Slovakia
Central Slovakia
Western Slovakia
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  
Bratislava Blue Church
Braislava Castle
Devín Castle
Old Town
Slavin
St. Michael’s Gate & Tower
Kežmarok
Košice St. Elizabeth Cathedral
Levoča
Oravsky Podzamok Orava Castle
Spišské Podhradie Spišsky Hrad
Spišsky Kapitula
Štrbské Pleso
Tatras National Park
Žehra Spiš Castle

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Slovakia Country Information…

Capital:

Bratislava

Largest City:

Bratislava

Government:

Unitary Parliamentary Republic

Currency:

Euro (€)

Area:

49,035 km  ( )Ranked 129th

Climate:

Temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

Population:

5,445,802 (July 2016 est.) ranked 119th

Language:

Slovak (official) 78.6%, Hungarian 9.4%, Roma 2.3%, Ruthenian 1%, other or unspecified 8.8% (2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Slovak 80.7%, Hungarian 8.5%, Roma 2%, other and unspecified 8.8% (2011 est.)

Religion:

Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 8.2%, Greek Catholic 3.8%, other or unspecified 12.5%, none 13.4% (2011 est.)

Electricity:

230V, 50Hz (European plug C, E )

Telephone Code:

+421

Local Emergency Phone Number:

Ambulance: 155; Fire: 150; Police; 158

Internet TLD:

.sk

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) Summer CEST (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

Nad Tatrou sa blýska
(Lightning Over the Tatras)

President:

Zuzana Čaputová

Prime Minister:

Igor Matovič

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Holidays and Observances in Slovakia in 2020

Date NameType
Jan 1WednesdayRepublic DayNational holiday
Jan 6MondayEpiphanyNational holiday
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Mar 25WednesdayStruggle for Human Rights DayObservance
Apr 10FridayGood FridayNational holiday
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayObservance, Christian
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayNational holiday
Apr 13MondayUnfairly Prosecuted Persons DayObservance
May 1FridayLabor DayNational holiday
May 4MondayAnniversary of the Decease of M. R. ŠtefánikObservance
May 8FridayEnd of World War IINational holiday
Jun 7SundayAnniversary of the Memorandum of the Slovak NationObservance
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 5SundaySt. Cyril & St. Methodius DayNational holiday
Jul 5SundayForeign Slovaks DayObservance
Jul 17FridayIndependence DayObservance
Aug 4TuesdayMatice Slovenska DayObservance
Aug 29SaturdayNational Uprising DayNational holiday
Sep 1TuesdayConstitution DayNational holiday
Sep 9WednesdayDay of the Victims of Holocaust and of racial violenceObservance
Sep 15TuesdayDay of Our Lady of SorrowsNational holiday
Sep 19SaturdayFoundation of the Slovak National Council DayObservance
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Oct 6TuesdayDukla Pass Victims DayObservance
Oct 27TuesdayČernová Tragedy DayObservance
Oct 28WednesdayEstablishment of the Independent Czecho-Slovak StateObservance
Oct 29ThursdayBirth of Ľudovít Ŝtúr DayObservance
Oct 30FridayAnniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak NationObservance
Oct 31SaturdayReformation DayObservance
Nov 1SundayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday
Nov 17TuesdayFight for Freedom and Democracy DayNational holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveNational holiday
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 26SaturdaySt. Stephen’s DayNational holiday
Dec 30WednesdayDay of the Declaration of Slovakia as an Independent Ecclesiastic ProvinceObservance