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Interesting Facts About Slovakia

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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(2) Comments

  1. Keely, I don’t know where you got that information but my research shows that Hungarians make up just under 10% of the population. Most people that live in Slovakia (about 80%) are Slovaks.

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