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.
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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