Twin space Cypriot teamCreator: Antonis Pilavas
Introduction Geographic location - Capital city Population European Union Currency Languages Politicalsystem Rivers and caves Religion Sights Cities
This presentation is made for the activity “Countries” of the European programme “Twin - Space”. (Copyright issues are concerned). In this presentation, we will have a look at Slovakia’s profile as a European country.
The Slovak Republic is a landlocked state in Central Europe. Slovakia is bordered by Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. The capital city of Slovakia is Bratislava, which is simultaneously the largest city.
Slovakia has a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres.
Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009. Slovakia together with Slovenia and Estonia are the only former Communist nations to be part of the European Union, Eurozone, Schengen Area and NATO simultaneously.
Slovakia adopted the Euro currency on 1 January 2009 as the 16th member of the Eurozone. The euro in Slovakia was approved by the European commission on 7 May 2008. The Slovak koruna was revalued on 28 May 2008 to 30.126 for 1 euro, which was also the exchange rate for the euro.
Theofficial language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family. That’s why they have several similarities and similar pronunciations.
Slovakia is a parliamentary democratic republic with a multi- party system. The last parliamentary elections were held on 10 March 2012 and two rounds of presidential elections took place on 21 March 2009 and 4 April 2009. Current president of Slovak Republic is Ivan Gašparovič, who has been in the office since 2004.
Slovakia is a well renowned country for its rivers and caves. Slovakia has hundreds of caves and caverns under its mountains. Most of the caves have stalagmites rising from the ground and stalactites hanging from above. Most of the rivers stem in Slovak mountains. Some are only passing through and the others make a natural border with surrounding countries. The longest river in Slovakia is Váh (403 kilometres long).
The majority (68.9%) of Slovaks belong to the Roman Catholic Church. According to the Slovak government website, 15.9% are non-believers (non-Christians), 13.7% atheists, 6.9% Lutherans, 4.1% Greek Catholics, 2.2% undetermined, and 2% Reform Christians. Roman Catholicism Religion groups Protestantism Greek Catholicism Other Cristian Non-Christian religions Atheist and non-religions Others
Slovakia is a well attracted touristically country, since it provides to visitors several remarkable sights and destinations. The most vital of them are: Blue Church Bratislava Castle Bratislava City Wall Grassalkovich Palace Novy Most Bridge Slovak National Theatre Old Bratislava Old Town Hall Slovak National Museum
Notown in Slovakia has more than half a million inhabitants. The largest one is the capital Bratislava followed by East-Slovakias metropolis Kosice. Other large cities in Slovakia, are: Nitra, Zilina, Zvolen, Poprad, Trnava, Martin, Le vice etc.