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The Slovak Republic is situated in the central Europe; it is often called the heard of Europe. It is a small country with the area just around 49 000 square kilometres. It borders with Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Poland and Ukraine.

The Slavic inhabitants came to this area in the 5th century. In the 7th century it was part of the Samo Empire (Samova risa). At the end of 8th century Morava and Nirta principalities were created and in 833 they integrated to create Velka Morava Empire. After its decline in 907, Slovakia became the part of Ugrian kingship. The dominance of Hungarians took up to 1918 when Slovakia became the part of the Czechoslovak Republic. During the WWII it became the client state of Germany as the Slovak State. Czechoslovakia was reconstituted in 1945 – 1992. Slovakia is autonomous state since January 1st 1993.

Slovakia is parliament democracy divided into 8 counties (Bratislavsky, Trnavsky, Nitriansky, Trenciansky, Banskobystricky, Zilinsky, Kosicky and Presovsky). The capital city is Bratislava, other large cities are for example Kosice, Zilina, Banska Bystrica, Nitra. Slovakia is the member of some international groups, like EU, NATO or UN. The official language is Slovak, but the languages of national minorities can be used in offices in the villages where there are more than 20% of citizens of the certain minority. The local currency is Slovak koruna.

There are 5.5 million inhabitants living in Slovakia, 86% of them are Slovak, 11% Hungarian, 2% Romany and to other national minorities belong also Czech, German, Ukraine or Russniak. The density is 111 inhabitants per square kilometre. The prevailing religion is Roman Catholicism.

As far as the economy is concerned, crops like wheat, oat, barley, rye, corn, potatoes, grape-wine or hop are grown here. Animal agriculture is represented with the stock raising, horse and sheep breeding and poultry raising. Brown coal, oil, natural gas and magnesite are mined here. Slovakia imports mainly machines and motor vehicles and chemicals.

There are several mountain ranges mostly in the north of Slovakia; the most famous is High Tatra, where the highest point in the country is situated – Gerlachovsky peak (stit) with the height of 2655 metres. The most important rivers are the Danube and the Vah. The climate is temperate.

The international abbreviation of Slovakia is SVK, the label on the motor vehicles is SK, the internet domain .sk and the international phone code is +421.

External References: - The Guide to the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) - Slovakia Travel Guide
Wikipedia article on Slovakia
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