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  • Introduction :: SLOVAKIA

  • 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.
  • Geography :: SLOVAKIA

  • Central Europe, south of Poland
    48 40 N, 19 30 E
    Europe
    total: 49,035 sq km
    land: 48,105 sq km
    water: 930 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 131
    about twice the size of New Hampshire
    total: 1,611 km
    border countries (5): Austria 105 km, Czech Republic 241 km, Hungary 627 km, Poland 541 km, Ukraine 97 km
    0 km (landlocked)
    none (landlocked)
    temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters
    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
    brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land
    arable land: 28.95%
    permanent crops: 0.42%
    other: 70.63% (2012 est.)
    1,720 sq km (2007)
    50.1 cu km (2011)
    total: 0.69 cu km/yr (47%/51%/3%)
    per capita: 126.7 cu m/yr (2010)
    NA
    air pollution from metallurgical plants presents human health risks; acid rain damaging forests
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
    landlocked; most of the country is rugged and mountainous; the Tatra Mountains in the north are interspersed with many scenic lakes and valleys
  • People and Society :: SLOVAKIA

  • noun: Slovak(s)
    adjective: Slovak
    Slovak 80.7%, Hungarian 8.5%, Roma 2%, other and unspecified 8.8% (2011 est.)
    Slovak (official) 78.6%, Hungarian 9.4%, Roma 2.3%, Ruthenian 1%, other or unspecified 8.8% (2011 est.)
    Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 8.2%, Greek Catholic 3.8%, other or unspecified 12.5%, none 13.4% (2011 est.)
    5,443,583 (July 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 117
    0-14 years: 15.2% (male 422,636/female 403,626)
    15-24 years: 12.2% (male 341,500/female 322,287)
    25-54 years: 45.2% (male 1,241,930/female 1,218,706)
    55-64 years: 13.5% (male 347,438/female 388,461)
    65 years and over: 13.9% (male 288,010/female 468,989) (2014 est.)
    population pyramid:
    total dependency ratio: 39.6%
    youth dependency ratio: 21.1%
    elderly dependency ratio: 18.5%
    potential support ratio: 5.4% (2014 est.)
    total: 39.2 years
    male: 37.5 years
    female: 41 years (2014 est.)
    0.03% (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 189
    10.01 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 192
    9.7 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 51
    0.01 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    urban population: 53.8% of total population (2014)
    rate of urbanization: -0.31% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
    BRATISLAVA (capital) 403,000 (2014)
    at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.6 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2014 est.)
    27.8 (2010 est.)
    6 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 172
    total: 5.35 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 6 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 4.66 deaths/1,000 live births (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 178
    total population: 76.69 years
    male: 73.09 years
    female: 80.52 years (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 76
    1.39 children born/woman (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 209
    7.8% of GDP (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 62
    3 physicians/1,000 population (2007)
    6 beds/1,000 population (2011)
    improved:
    urban: 100% of population
    rural: 100% of population
    total: 100% of population
    unimproved:
    urban: 0% of population
    rural: 0% of population
    total: 0% of population (2012 est.)
    improved:
    urban: 99.9% of population
    rural: 99.6% of population
    total: 99.7% of population
    unimproved:
    urban: 0.1% of population
    rural: 0.4% of population
    total: 0.3% of population (2012 est.)
    NA
    NA
    NA
    25.4% (2008)
    country comparison to the world: 54
    4.2% of GDP (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 103
    total: 15 years
    male: 14 years
    female: 16 years (2012)
    total: 34%
    male: 35%
    female: 32.5% (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
  • Government :: SLOVAKIA

  • conventional long form: Slovak Republic
    conventional short form: Slovakia
    local long form: Slovenska republika
    local short form: Slovensko
    parliamentary democracy
    name: Bratislava
    geographic coordinates: 48 09 N, 17 07 E
    time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC,. during Standard Time)
    daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
    8 regions (kraje, singular - kraj); Banskobystricky, Bratislavsky, Kosicky, Nitriansky, Presovsky, Trenciansky, Trnavsky, Zilinsky
    1 January 1993 (Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia)
    Constitution Day, 1 September (1992)
    several previous (preindependence); latest passed by legislature 1 September 1992, signed 3 September 1992, effective 1 October 1992; amended several times, last in 2011 (2011)
    civil law system based on Austro-Hungarian codes; note - legal code modified to comply with the obligations of Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe and to expunge Marxist-Leninist legal system
    accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    18 years of age; universal
    chief of state: President Andrej KISKA (since 15 June 2014)
    head of government: Prime Minister Robert FICO (since 4 April 2012); Deputy Prime Ministers Robert KALINAK, Peter KAZIMIR, Miroslav LAJCAK (since 4 April 2012), Lubomir VAZNY (since 26 November 2012)
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister
    elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 15 and 29 March 2014 (next to be held in March 2019); following National Council elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the president
    election results: Andrej KISKA elected president in runoff; percent of vote - Andrej KISKA 59.4%, Robert FICO 40.6%
    description: unicameral National Council or Narodna Rada (150 seats; members directly elected in a single national constituency by proportional representation vote; members serve 4-year terms)
    elections: last held on 10 March 2012 (next to be held in 2016)
    election results: percent of vote by party - Smer-SD 44.4%, KDH 8.8%, OLaNO 8.6%, Most-Hid 6.9%, SDKU-DS 6.1%, SaS 5.9%, other 19.3%; seats by party - Smer-SD 83, KDH 16, OLaNO 16, Most-Hid 13, SDKU-DS 11, SaS 11
    highest court(s): Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic (consists of 78 judges - as of 2003 - organized into criminal, civil, commercial, and administrative divisions with 3- and 5-judge panels; Constitutional Court (consists of 13 judges)
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court judge candidates proposed by the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic, a 17-member independent body to include the Supreme Court chief justice and presidential and governmental appointees; judges appointed by the president for life with mandatory retirement at age 65; Constitutional Court judges nominated by the National Council of the Republic and appointed by the president; judges appointed for 12-year terms
    subordinate courts: regional and district civil courts; Higher Military Court; military district courts; Court of Audit
    parties in the Parliament:
    Christian Democratic Movement or KDH [Jan FIGEL]
    Direction-Social Democracy or Smer-SD [Robert FICO]
    Freedom and Solidarity or SaS [Richard SULIK]
    Most-Hid or Bridge [Bela BUGAR]
    Ordinary People and Independent Personalities or OLaNO [Igor MATOVIC]
    Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party or SDKU-DS [Pavol FRESO]
    selected parties outside the Parliament:
    Civic Conservative Party or OKS [Ondrej DOSTAL]
    Nation and Justice - Our Party or NAS [Anna BELOUSOVOVA]
    Network or Siet [Radoslav PROCHAZKA]
    New Majority or NOVA [Daniel LIPSIC]
    Party of the Hungarian Coalition or SMK [Jozsef BERENYI]
    People's Party - Our Slovakia or LSNS [Marian KOTLEBA]
    Slovak National Party or SNS [Andrej DANKO]
    Association of Towns and Villages or ZMOS
    Confederation of Trade Unions or KOZ
    Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia or ZPS
    Federation of Employers' Associations of the Slovak Republic
    Medical Trade Association or LOZ
    National Union of Employers or RUZ
    Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry or SOPK
    The Business Alliance of Slovakia or PAS
    Australia Group, BIS, BSEC (observer), CBSS (observer), CD, CE, CEI, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECB, EIB, EMU, EU, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OIF (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PCA, Schengen Convention, SELEC (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNIDO, UNTSO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
    chief of mission: Ambassador Peter KMEC (since 17 September 2012)
    chancery: 3523 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 237-1054
    FAX: [1] (202) 237-6438
    consulate(s) general: New York
    chief of mission: Ambassador Theodore SEDGWICK (since 4 July 2010)
    embassy: Hviezdoslavovo Namestie 4, 81102 Bratislava
    mailing address: P.O. Box 309, 814 99 Bratislava
    telephone: [421] (2) 5443-3338
    FAX: [421] (2) 5441-8861
    three equal horizontal bands of white (top), blue, and red derive from the Pan-Slav colors; the Slovakian coat of arms (consisting of a red shield bordered in white and bearing a white double-barred cross of St. Cyril and St. Methodius surmounting three blue hills) is centered over the bands but offset slightly to the hoist side
    note: the Pan-Slav colors were inspired by the 19th-century flag of Russia
    double-barred cross (Cross of St. Cyril and St. Methodius) surmounting three peaks; national colors: white, blue, red
    name: "Nad Tatrou sa blyska" (Lightning Over the Tatras)
    lyrics/music: Janko MATUSKA/traditional
    note: adopted 1993, in use since 1844; music based on the Slovak folk song "Kopala studienku"
  • Economy :: SLOVAKIA

  • Slovakia has made significant economic reforms since its separation from the Czech Republic in 1993. After a period of relative stagnation in the early and mid-1990s, reforms to the taxation, healthcare, pension, and social welfare systems helped Slovakia consolidate its budget, get on track to join the EU in 2004, and adopt the euro in January 2009. Major privatizations are nearly complete, the banking sector is almost entirely in foreign hands, and the government has facilitated a foreign investment boom with business friendly policies. Foreign direct investment (FDI), especially in the automotive and electronic sectors, fueled much of the growth until 2008. Cheap, skilled labor, a relatively liberal labor code, low taxes, no taxes on dividends, and a favorable geographical location have been Slovakia's main advantages to foreign investors. Following an economic contraction in 2009, growth has remained sluggish, in large part due to continued weakness in external demand. Since returning to power in 2012 the government of Prime Minister Robert FICO has rolled back some of Slovakia's pro-growth reforms in order to help shore up public finances. These reversals included abolishing the flat tax system and introducing a levy on dividend payments. Corruption and slow dispute resolution remain key factors constraining economic growth.
    $149.9 billion (2014 est.)
    $146.4 billion (2013 est.)
    $145.1 billion (2012 est.)
    note: data are in 2014 US dollars
    country comparison to the world: 72
    $100.1 billion (2014 est.)
    2.4% (2014 est.)
    0.9% (2013 est.)
    1.8% (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 135
    $27,700 (2014 est.)
    $27,100 (2013 est.)
    $26,800 (2012 est.)
    note: data are in 2013 US dollars
    country comparison to the world: 61
    20.5% of GDP (2014 est.)
    20.6% of GDP (2013 est.)
    21.4% of GDP (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 76
    household consumption: 58.7%
    government consumption: 17.8%
    investment in fixed capital: 19.5%
    investment in inventories: -1.9%
    exports of goods and services: 100.6%
    imports of goods and services: -94.6%
    (2014 est.)
    agriculture: 2.9%
    industry: 35.7%
    services: 61.3% (2014 est.)
    grains, potatoes, sugar beets, hops, fruit; pigs, cattle, poultry; forest products
    metal and metal products; food and beverages; electricity, gas, coke, oil, nuclear fuel; chemicals, synthetic fibers; machinery; paper and printing; earthenware and ceramics; transport vehicles; textiles; electrical and optical apparatus; rubber products
    6.7% (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    2.73 million (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 109
    agriculture: 3.5%
    industry: 27%
    services: 69.4% (December 2009)
    12.7% (2014 est.)
    14.1% (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    21% (2002)
    lowest 10%: 4.4%
    highest 10%: 22.4% (2009 est.)
    26 (2005)
    26.3 (1996)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    revenues: $34.89 billion
    expenditures: $37.68 billion (2014 est.)
    34.8% of GDP (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 64
    -2.8% of GDP (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    58.5% of GDP (2014 est.)
    55.4% of GDP (2013 est.)
    note: data cover general Government Gross Debt, and includes debt instruments issued (or owned) by Government entities, including sub-sectors of central government, state government, local government, and social security funds.
    country comparison to the world: 58
    calendar year
    0.3% (2014 est.)
    1.4% (2013 est.)
    1.75% (31 December 2011)
    1.75% (31 December 2010)
    note: this is the European Central Bank's rate on the marginal lending facility, which offers overnight credit to banks from the euro area; Slovakia became a member of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on 1 January 2009
    country comparison to the world: 122
    3.2% (31 December 2014 est.)
    3.34% (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 172
    $40.59 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $42.37 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    note: see entry for the European Union for money supply for the entire euro area; the European Central Bank (ECB) controls monetary policy for the 18 members of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU); individual members of the EMU do not control the quantity of money circulating within their own borders
    country comparison to the world: 56
    $60.02 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $62.69 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 64
    $69.78 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $72.07 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
    $4.611 billion (31 December 2012 est.)
    $4.736 billion (31 December 2011)
    $4.15 billion (31 December 2010 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 86
    $613.9 million (2014 est.)
    $2.056 billion (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    $86.55 billion (2014 est.)
    $85.48 billion (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    machinery and electrical equipment 35.9%, vehicles 21%, base metals 11.3%, chemicals and minerals 8.1%, plastics 4.9% (2009 est.)
    Germany 22.3%, Czech Republic 14.5%, Poland 9%, Hungary 6.9%, Austria 6.5%, France 5.4%, UK 4.9%, Italy 4.8% (2013)
    $82.48 billion (2014 est.)
    $79.79 billion (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    machinery and transport equipment 31%, mineral products 13%, vehicles 12%, base metals 9%, chemicals 8%, plastics 6% (2009 est.)
    Germany 18.5%, Czech Republic 16.7%, Russia 10%, Austria 9.5%, Hungary 6.2%, Poland 6.2%, South Korea 4.5%, China 4% (2013)
    $2.379 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $2.15 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 118
    $68.44 billion (31 December 2012 est.)
    $68.61 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 53
    $69.76 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $67.46 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 51
    $13.09 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $12.92 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    euros (EUR) per US dollar -
    0.7489 (2014 est.)
    0.7634 (2013 est.)
    0.78 (2012 est.)
    0.7185 (2011 est.)
    0.755 (2010 est.)
  • Energy :: SLOVAKIA

  • 26.42 billion kWh (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    26.17 billion kWh (2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    10.63 billion kWh (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 19
    10.67 billion kWh (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    8.21 million kW (2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    43.6% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 162
    24.9% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    22% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    9.4% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 35
    5,200 bbl/day (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    9 million bbl (1 January 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 93
    126,800 bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 69
    69,830 bbl/day (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    70,520 bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    25,500 bbl/day (2010 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 97
    124 million cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 80
    5.82 billion cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    15 million cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    5.579 billion cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 31
    14.16 billion cu m (1 January 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 78
    32.08 million Mt (2012 est.)
  • Communications :: SLOVAKIA

  • 975,000 (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    6.095 million (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    general assessment: Slovakia has a modern telecommunications system that has expanded dramatically in recent years with the growth in cellular services
    domestic: analog system is now receiving digital equipment and is being enlarged with fiber-optic cable, especially in the larger cities; 3 companies provide nationwide cellular services
    international: country code - 421; 3 international exchanges (1 in Bratislava and 2 in Banska Bystrica) are available; Slovakia is participating in several international telecommunications projects that will increase the availability of external services (2011)
    state-owned public broadcaster, Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), operates 3 national TV stations and multiple national and regional radio networks; roughly 35 privately owned TV stations operating nationally, regionally, and locally; about 40% of households are connected to multi-channel cable or satellite TV; more than 20 privately owned radio stations (2008)
    AM 1, FM 22, shortwave 1 (2008)
    37 (2008)
    .sk
    1.384 million (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 41
    4.063 million (2009)
    country comparison to the world: 56
  • Transportation :: SLOVAKIA

  • 35 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 111
    total: 21
    over 3,047 m: 2
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
    914 to 1,523 m: 3
    under 914 m: 11 (2013)
    total: 14
    914 to 1,523 m: 9
    under 914 m:
    5 (2013)
    1 (2013)
    gas 6,774 km; oil 419 km (2013)
    total: 3,622 km
    broad gauge: 99 km 1.520-m gauge
    standard gauge: 3,473 km 1.435-m gauge (1,615 km electrified)
    narrow gauge: 50 km 1.000-m or 0.750-m gauge (2008)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    total: 43,916 km
    paved: 38,238 km (includes 417 km of expressways)
    unpaved: 5,678 km (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    172 km (on Danube River) (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 99
    total: 11
    by type: cargo 9, refrigerated cargo 2
    foreign-owned: 11 (Germany 3, Ireland 1, Italy 2, Montenegro 1, Slovenia 1, Turkey 1, Ukraine 2) (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 112
    river port(s): Bratislava, Komarno (Danube)
  • Military :: SLOVAKIA

  • Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic (Ozbrojene Sily Slovenskej Republiky): Land Forces (Pozemne Sily), Air Forces (Vzdusne Sily) (2010)
    18-30 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription in peacetime suspended in 2006; women are eligible to serve (2012)
    males age 16-49: 1,405,310
    females age 16-49: 1,369,897 (2010 est.)
    males age 16-49: 1,156,113
    females age 16-49: 1,139,380 (2010 est.)
    male: 31,646
    female: 30,219 (2010 est.)
    1.12% of GDP (2012)
    1.1% of GDP (2011)
    1.12% of GDP (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 89
  • Transnational Issues :: SLOVAKIA

  • bilateral government, legal, technical and economic working group negotiations continued in 2006 between Slovakia and Hungary over Hungary's completion of its portion of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros hydroelectric dam project along the Danube; as a member state that forms part of the EU's external border, Slovakia has implemented the strict Schengen border rules
    stateless persons: 1,523 (2013)
    transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin bound for Western Europe; producer of synthetic drugs for regional market; consumer of ecstasy
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