Slovakia is a small country located in central Europe, bordering onto the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Austria and Hungary. Slovakia has been a constituent part of various Empires and Countries throughout history, starting with the Kingdom of Hungary around 1000 years ago. The Kingdom would later unite with Austria to create the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with Slovakia a constituent part alongside other modern day countries such as the Czech Republic. World War I saw the Empire collapse, and the Czech Republic/Slovakia gained independence, creating a state together called Czechoslovakia, with Prague (Czech Republic) as their capital.
The state would be occupied by the Nazi’s during World War II, which saw Slovakia split from their neighbours, but they would soon be re-integrated with the defeat of the Axis Powers by the Allies in 1945. Slovakia and the Czech Republic went on to become their own sovereign states, independent of each other in 1993 when Czechoslovakia was dissolved peacefully, without a civil war. Slovakia remains an integral part of Europe, having joined both the European Union and the Eurozone in 2004 and 2009 respectively.
Slovakian name: Slovenska
Capital and largest city: Bratislava
Cities: No distinction between City and Town
Counties: 8 Krajov (regions)
Official Languages: Slovak
Patron saint and day: Saints Cyril & Methodius, 11th & 24th May
Click here to see the location of Slovakia within Europe. You can see any places we have visited within Slovakia by looking through the counties below:
- Presov Region
- Slovakian/Polish Border