About Slovakia

Said to be the country exactly in the middle of Europe, Slovakia has been an independent state since 1993, after parting ways with the Czech Republic (also one of the five bordering countries). Known for its mountains and castles, the romantic landscape perfectly fits with Slovakia’s pronounced seasons — summer days can reach exceed the 30°C and winter temperatures are brisk at around -3°C.

Slovakia had political and economic challenges to overcome after gaining its independence. But in recent years, it has flourished, and now enjoys a relatively stable economy. However, there is still a significant disparity of wealth, with poverty mainly affecting the minority population of Romani.

The population of Slovakia is a mix of different ethnic groups. Slovaks are the majority, followed by Hungarians, Romani, and Czechs. Slovakia is predominantly a Catholic country, and as such, there are many religious celebrations throughout the year.

Bratislava is the capital city, and in recent years it has become a popular tourist destination. With its magnificent castle, cobbled streets, and historical sights, it isn't hard to see why. For those with a more modern taste, the city offers music festivals and art galleries, amongst many other cultural activities.

Regarding employment opportunities, Slovakia has joined the EU, which has led to an increase in foreign investment, and has created an upcoming job market. The services sector is the main sector for employment opportunities, with manufacturing coming second. Slovakia is known for its car manufacturing market, with some of the biggest brands continuing to open up new factories.