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Banskobystricky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Bratislavsky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Kosicky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Nitriansky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Presovsky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Trenciansky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Trnavsky Kraj Slovakian Kraj
Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area Church
Zilinsky Kraj Slovakian Kraj

Places

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Spis Region, SK

Geography »

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Carpathian Mountains Mountain Range
Domica Cave, SK Natural Cave
Havesova Primeval Forest Forest
Hornad Canyon in the Slovak Paradise Canyon
Tatra Mountains Mountain Range
Western Carpathians Physiographic Section

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Location

Central Europe, south of Poland - The World Factbook

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Data
Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 54


History »

Slovakia's roots can be traced to the 9th century state of Great Moravia. Subsequently, the Slovaks became part of the Hungarian Kingdom, where they remained for the next 1,000 years. Following the formation of the dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1867, language and education policies favoring the use of Hungarian (Magyarization) resulted in a strengthening of Slovak nationalism and a cultivation of cultural ties with the closely related Czechs, who were under Austrian rule. After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I, the Slovaks joined the Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar period, Slovak nationalist leaders pushed for autonomy within Czechoslovakia, and in 1939 Slovakia became an independent state allied with Nazi Germany. Following World War II, Czechoslovakia was reconstituted and came under Communist rule within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize Communist rule and create "socialism with a human face," ushering in a period of repression known as "normalization." The peaceful "Velvet Revolution" swept the Communist Party from power at the end of 1989 and inaugurated a return to democratic rule and a market economy. On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a nonviolent "velvet divorce" into its two national components, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the euro zone on 1 January 2009. - The World Factbook


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