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Full country name: Slovak Republic
Area: 49,035 sq km
Population: 5,379,455
Capital City: Bratislava
Language: Slovak
Religion: 60,4% Roman Catholics, 19% other, 9,6% non-religious or atheist, 6% Protestant, 5% Eastern Orthodox
Government: Parliamentary republic
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1), summer - (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: +421
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary: $21,100

Budget: 3-4 EUR
Mid-range: 5-7 EUR
High: 8-10+ EUR
Budget: 12-25 EUR
Mid-range: 35-50 EUR
High: 60-120 EUR

Geography: Slovakia is a landlocked country bordered by Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Poland and Hungary. The country's landscape is noted for its mountainous nature, with the Carpathian Mountains extending across most of the northern part of Slovakia. Amongst these mountain ranges are the high peaks of the Tatra mountains, which are very popular among tourists, skiers and scientists. There are a lot of scenic lakes and valleys to see in Slovakia. The greatest and most famous Slovak rivers are the Danube, the Váh and the Hron.

Climate: The Slovak climate is temperate, with four distinct seasons. Summers are quite warm with an average temperature in July being 21 C (70 F). The coldest winter month is January with an average temperature -2 C (28 F). Snowfall in Tatras usually stays from November till May. In general, the mountains are colder and wetter than the lowlands, with most precipitation in June and July. Autumn and Spring are the driest seasons in Slovakia.

Food: Slovak cuisine is diverse in its abundance of foods. The main ingredients of traditional dishes in Slovakia are: potatoes, wheat flour, cow and sheep cheese, onions and garlic, cabbage, etc. Although rice is not grown in Slovakia, it is widely used in cooking. Slovaks eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. The most popular meats are beef, pork, chicken and fish. Bread is also a very important food and is daily eaten for breakfast or with the dinner.

Drink: Slovak beer is considered to be a national drink and pride, therefore it is very popular with the locals. The traditions of brewing in Slovakia are the oldest ones in Europe. Zlatý Bažant is probably the most popular beer brand in Slovakia. Borovicka (strong gin) and slivovica (plum brandy) are particular Slovak specialties. Wine is produced in the Tokaj region, wheres the sparkling wine in the Bratislava region. Tap water in Slovakia is of a good quality, however, you should ask the locals, before drinking it.

Health: No special vaccinations or immunizations are required when entering Slovakia. However, tick-borne encephalitis, as well as Lyme disease is present in heavily forested areas.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight summer clothes should be packed for summer season, with a warmer sweater or jacket for cooler evenings. Heavy overcoats, winter shoes/boots or skiing apparel is recommended when going to Slovakia in winter. Rainwear is advisable throughout the year.

Social conventions: Handshaking is the normal form of greeting. Slovaks are generally quite friendly, however, it may take a little while for them to warm up.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
6 Jan Epiphany
2 Apr Good Friday
5 Apr Easter Monday
1 May May Day
8 May Victory in Europe Day
5 Jun St Cyril and St Methodius Holiday
29 Aug Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising
1 Sep Slovak Constitution Day
15 Sep Our Lady of Sorrows
1 Nov All Saints' Day
17 Nov Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day
24 Dec Christmas Eve
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec Boxing Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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