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  1. 1. Twin space Cypriot teamCreator: Antonis Pilavas
  2. 2.  Introduction Geographic location - Capital city Population European Union Currency Languages Politicalsystem Rivers and caves Religion Sights Cities
  3. 3.  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.
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5.  Slovakia has a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres.
  6. 6.  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.
  7. 7.  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.
  8. 8.  Theofficial language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family. That’s why they have several similarities and similar pronunciations.
  9. 9.  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.
  10. 10.  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).
  11. 11.  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
  12. 12.  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
  13. 13.  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.