“In a country, where the regional customs are rooted more deeply than democratic ideas, people only show little interest in national and European issues.”

Martin M. Šimečka, Slovak journalist and writer

Bratislava and Vienna have the closest proximity of capitals in the world.

This rural outpost of northeastern Slovakia has more in common with communism than consumerism. So, even though the elusive pop-art artist once quipped, “I come from nowhere”, it was quite a sensation – and controversy – when the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art was founded there.

of Slovaks have had secondary education. In the EU, this is amongst the highest rates.

Slovak Republic

Since its separation from the Czech Republic in 1993, the Slovak Republic has made substantial economic reforms to taxation, pension, healthcare and social welfare systems. This also helped the country to consolidate its budget in order to join the EU in 2004, adopting the Euro in 2009.
Slovak Republic Barbora Kuckova and Olga Guttenova from the Slovak Republic - the tour winners of The Social Business Idea Contest 2010

Today, the Slovak Republic is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union and the OECD. Hence, the country has been dubbed the ‘Tatra Tiger’ and, moreover, moved from being an aid receiver from the World Bank to aid provider in 2008.

Hungarians in the Slovak Republic are the largest ethnic minority of the country, accounting for about 10% of the population. The status of this minority often leads to conflict between Hungary and the Slovak Republic. Besides other issues, the Hungarians protest the language law, which limits the use of minority languages. This law stipulates fines of up to Euro 5,000 for institutions that ‘misuse’ the Slovak language.


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