CapitalBratislava (428 672 in 2005 )
Surface49 035 km²
Population5 389 180 in 2005
Time zoneUTC +1
LanguageSlovakian, Hungarian, English, German
ReligionCatholic, Evangelist, Protestant.
Entry requirementsNeither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. For stays longer than 90 days it is necessary to register at a police station. Most of the European driving licenses are accepted.
Travelling with petsSmall sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs must also be vaccinated against cimurrus.
Health and safetyBoth private and public health structures do not always comply with the European standards. No vaccination is required, unless you plan to visit woods and green areas. In this case it would be opportune to vaccinate against encephalitis and ticks. It is also advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety is good, there are no particular danger zone, but pay attention when moving outside the big city centres.
ClimateSlovakia enjoys a temperate climate, with generally rainy hot summers and very humid cold winters, characterised by rainfalls and snowfalls.
Form of governmentIndependent from Czechoslovakia since 1st January 1993, it has become a parliamentary republic.
EconomyThe economy of Slovakia is in full development. Agriculture represents a strategic sector, with one third of the national territory suitable for cultivations. The major products are sugar beetroots, potatoes, corn and wheat. On the contrary, there are no particular mineral resources available. The industrial sector remains the bearing column of the economy, employing 30% of the workmanship. The industrialization process started after the Second World War, and since 1989 it revolves around light manufacture: textile, shoe making, wood and paper processing, ceramic. The tertiary sector is on expansion.
ElectricityVoltage: 220 V – Frequency: 50 Hz. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter.
Post offices, banks and telephonePost offices in Spain are open from 8.00 am to 18 and until midday on Saturday. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 16 pm. Mobile phone coverage is very good.
Country code: 00421
Emergency number: 112
Police: 0961011111 -158
First aid: 155