About Slovakia

Slovakia

Welcome to Slovakia, the little big country in the heart of Europe, where friends await you!

Slovakia is an inland country in the Central Europe. Approximately 5.43 million inhabitants live in 49,035 square kilometre area. It borders the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary. The capital and also most populated town is Bratislava.

Bratislava travelguide

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High Tatras

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History

The first Slavic state-like conglomerate in the territory of Slovakia was the Empire of Samo founded in 7th century. Later, in 833 Principality of Nitra and of Moravia merged into Great Moravia. From late 10th century to the end of 11th century the territory of Slovakia was gradually affiliated to the Kingdom of Hungary.

The Kingdom of Hungary itself became a part of Austrian Empire in 1526, after 1867 renamed to Austro-Hungarian Empire. After the breakup of Austro-Hungarian Empire, Slovakia became a part of Czecho-Slovak Republic (1918 – 1993). Independent Slovak Repbulic was founded on 1st January 1993 after the split of Czecho-Slovakia. Slovak Republic is a parliamentary democracy. The country became a member of the European Union in 2004, as well as a member of the Schengen Area in 2007. Since 2009, the official currency switched from Slovak crown to Euro (€).

Basic facts

Capital city: Bratislava
Area: 49 035 km²
Population: 5 445 000
Neighbouring states: Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary
Political system: Parliamentary democracy
Currency: Euro
Time zone: CET + 1 hour
Official language: Slovak
Religion: 62% Roman Catholics, 5,9% Evangelical, 3,8% Greek Catholics, 13,4% no religion
Drives on: Right
Electricity: 220-volt AC, 50Hz mains power supply, two-pin continental plugs

General phone numbers

Country code: +421
Information: 1181
General emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire): 112
Emergency road service: 18 124
Bratislava central tourist point: 16 186

Avarage prices in Slovakia

RESTAURANTS
Meal – Inexpensive Restaurant: 4.50 €
Meal – Mid-range Restaurant (three-course): 10.00 €
McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent combo meal): 5.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught): 1.00 €
Cappuccino (regular): 1.50 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle): 1.20 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle): 1.00 €

MARKETS
Milk (regular, 1 liter): 0.70 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle): 0.70 €
Bottle of Wine (mid-range): 4.50 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): 0.80 €
Cigarettes (Marlboro): 3.50 €

TRANSPORTATION
One-way ticket (local transport): 0.70 €
Taxi (within city): 5.00 – 10.00 €
Gasoline (1 liter): 1.20 €

Distances

BY PLANE
from London: 2 hours
from Frankfurt: 1,5 hours
from Milan (Bergamo): 1,5 hours
from Paris: 2 hours
from Oslo: 2 hours
from Moscow: 3 hours

BY CAR
Bratislava – Vienna: 65 km
Bratislava – Budapest: 200 km
Bratislava – Prague: 330 km
Bratislava – Krakow: 450 km
Branislava – Munich: 520 km