Slovakia (officially called the Slovak Republic) is a European country with a population of over 5 million people. Here are some interesting facts about Slovakia that you probably don’t know!
Interesting Facts About Slovakia
- Slovakia was apart of the ‘Kingdom of Hungary’ from 1000 AD to 1919 AD. Slovakia separated from Hungary after World War I.
- Slovakia has cold, humid and very cloudy winters.
- The official language of Slovakia is Slovak.
- The average Slovakian woman has 1.33 children in her lifetime. This is one of the lowest rates in Europe.
- The Slovak constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Most Slovakians are Roman Catholics (68.9%), although church attendance in the country is quite low.
- Slovakia is split into 8 regions (or counties)
- The unemployment rate was very high in 1999 (19.2%) but decreased to just 7.51% in October 2008.
- Slovakia adopted the euro as their national currency on 1 January 2009.
- In 2008, the Slovakian economy became strong enough for the government to start providing aid to poorer nations.
- Most tourists to the country come from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.
- Ivan Bella was the first Slovakian in space. He was apart of a nine day Russian-French-Slovak mission on the space station Mir in 1999.
- Pork is a very popular meat in Slovakia.
- Slovakians enjoy drinking sweet wine.
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