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The Slovak Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It was formed on 1 January 1993 by the division of Czechoslovakia. The constitution of the Slovak Republic was signed on 3 September 1992 in the Knights’ Hall of Bratislava Castle. Slovakia borders the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. Since 1 May 2004, Slovakia has been a member of the European Union, since 21 December 2007 a member of the Schengen Area, and since 1 January 2009 a member of the Eurozone.

Slovakia is located in central Europe. The land has rugged mountains, rich in mineral resources, with vast forests and pastures. The Carpathian Mountains dominate the topography of Slovakia, with lowland areas in the southern region. Slovakia is about twice the size of the state of Maryland.

The total population of the capital of Slovakia Bratislava is 428 672. Among the total population of Slovakia Czech and Romanian communities are the minority group. The communist influence on the country is the reason why a significant part of the population is atheists or non believer of any religion. Though the official language of the country is Slovak, Russian and German languages are also very common with the people of this country. The Slovakia population comprises of significant amount the youths and almost 19% of the total population is under 15 years of age. The population density of Slovakia could be witnessed mostly in the river valleys. The urban dwellers in this country are more than the rural ones and its growth rate is around 5%.

Slovakia is proud of its rich folklore and folk traditions. Each region, city, and municipality has a unique character and folklore – costumes, music, songs, architecture, customs, traditions, dances and dialects. Folklore festivals organised all around Slovakia serve to present the folk customs of individual regions.The largest folk festivals in Slovakia are held in the towns of Vychodna, Myjava, and Detva, and all three festivals are organised under the auspices of C.I.O.F.F. (the world’s largest folklore organisation). Other festivals are more regional in nature, but their quality is usually comparable to that of these three festivals. Generally speaking, there are significant differences among festivals, and each has its own distinctive atmosphere and charm. During the best festivals the whole village, city, or even the whole region follows the festival, and you can feel folklore at every turn.

Slovakia’s tourism industry has grown remarkably in the two decades since independence. By the late 1990s the country was receiving more than 500,000 visitors each year. Slovakia’s historic towns and numerous mountain ski resorts are the more popular tourist destinations.

INDIAN MISSIONS IN SLOVAKIA

Ambassador of India, Mr. Rajiva Misra
Dunajska 4, 7th Floor,
811 08 Bratislava,
Sovak Republic.

Telephone:+00-421-2-52962915/16
Fax: +00-421-2-52962921
E-Mail: ambindia@slovanet.sk
amb.bratislava@mea.gov.in
Website:www.slovanet.skExternal website that opens in a new window

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