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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Slovakia

Photo: Hodzovo Square
The distinctive globe fountain in Hodzovo Square is a popular meeting place in Bratislava.
Photograph by Royalty Free/CORBIS
  
Podolinec 
Podolinec - Podolinec, Presovsky

Evening mood 

Evening mood - Spisska Sobota, Presovsky

Kezmarok 

Kezmarok - Kezmarok, Presovsky

Most of these pictures have been taken in the High Tatras mountain range in Slovakia (the area is also known as the Tatra National Park). The High Tatras are the only high mountain range in Eastern Europe with great hiking opportunities and wonderful sceneries, especially in winter when the higher territory of the Tatra mountains seems to be frozen and in a dormant state.





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Fast Facts

Population:
5,382,000
Capital:
Bratislava; 425,000
Area:
49,035 square kilometers (18,932 square miles)
Language:
Slovak, Hungarian
Religion:
Roman Catholic, athiest, Protestant
Currency:
Slovak koruna
Life Expectancy:
74
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $12,400
Literacy Percent:
99
Flag: Slovakia
Map: Slovakia
A landlocked country in central Europe, Slovakia is mostly mountainous except for southern lowlands along the Danube—where the capital, Bratislava, is found. This country's split from the more affluent, industrialized Czech Republic in 1993 was prompted by Slovak nationalism and grievances over rapid economic reforms instituted by the Czechoslovak government in Prague—reforms that left many Slovaks without jobs. Slovakia's industrial economy is market oriented. It joined NATO and the European Union in 2004.
ECONOMY
  • Industry: Metal and metal products, food and beverages, electricity, gas
  • Agriculture: Grains, potatoes, sugar beets, hops; pigs; forest products
  • Exports: Machinery and transport equipment, miscellaneous manufactured goods
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

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