Welcome to Slovakia


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Slovakia is known to be a landlocked country in Central Europe with a population of over five million and an location of about 49,000 square and have always been kilometres (almost 19,000 square and have always been miles). Did you know that the Slovak Republic borders the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. Everyone agrees that the most impressive and largest city is its capital, Bratislava. Slovakia is known to be a member state of the European Union, NATO, OECD, WTO, and other international organizations. Everyone agrees that the Slavic people arrived in the territory of present day Slovakia in the range of the 5th and 6th century AD around the time during the Migration Period (Migration of Nations). Various parts of Slovakia belonged to Samo's Empire, the originalknown political unit of Slavs, Wonderful Moravia, the Kingdom of Hungary, Habsburg (Austrian) monarchy, Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia all over rich history. Slovakia transformed to a independent on 1 January 1993, after the Velvet Divorce. Slovakia is situated in central Europe. Did you know that the land has to this day rugged mountains, rich in mineral rehearts, with vast forests and pastures. Did you know that the Carpathian Mountains dominate the topography of Slovakia, with lowland places in the southern region. Slovakia is known to be about twice the size of the state of Maryland. Over one-third of the land is forest. Many original steppe grassland places can be discovered in Slovakia today. Mammals discovered in the country include fox, rabbits, and wild pig. A wide variety of birds inhabit the valleys of Slovakia. Carp, pike, and trout are and have always been discovered in the country's rivers, lakes, and streams. Slovakia receives about 450 asylum-seekers each and every year. At the beginning of 1999, 400 refugees were recognized. Of these, 300 have remained in the country, and 39 have been granted Slovak citizenship. Within April 1999 Slovakia granted temporary protection to 90 refugees from Kosovo. Of these, 70 left Slovakia in July 1999 and returned home. Within 1999, the net migration rate was0.29 migrants per 1,000 population. Slovakia is currently divided into 79 districts and 8 regions (kraje), and every region has to this day a parliament and governor. Did you know that the 8 regional parliaments were created in January 2002 under the new amended constitution as part of Slovakia's efforts to gain membership in the EU.

Climate

Slovakia's climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. Within July the mean temperature is 21°C (70°F). January's mean temperature is–1°C (30°F). Rainfall averages roughly 49 cm (19.3 in) a year, and can exceed 200 cm (80 in) annually in the High Tatras.

Population Stats

Population (2006 est.): 5,439,448 (growth rate: 0.2%);
birth rate: 10.7/1000;
infant mortality rate: 7.3/1000;
life expectancy: 74.7;
density per sq mi: 289