Places in Slovakia

Top events in Slovakia

November
29

Gifts, handicrafts, Christmas food and drinks from stalls and kiosks on Hlavné and Hviezdoslavovo Squares. The market attracts thousands of people...

December
02

Choral performances and competition.

December
31

Ten of thousands of locals and visitors come to the capital to celebrate the largest party on the streets and squares of Bratislava, culminating...

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Slovakia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

49,033 sq km (18,932 sq miles).

Population

5.5 million (2013).

Population density

111.9 per sq km.

Capital

Bratislava.

Government

Republic since 1993.

Head of state

President Ivan Gasparovic since 2004.

Head of government

Prime Minister Robert Fico since 2012.

Electricity

Generally 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

Slovakia is blessed with glorious alpine scenery, cliff-top castles and well-preserved architecture, offering an enticing combination of outdoor adventure and medieval charm. It might be overshadowed by its neighbour and one-time compatriot the Czech Republic - largely because capital Bratislava, alluring though it is, isn't Prague - but the upside is that Slovakia's myriad attractions are often pleasantly throng-free.

Following the 'Velvet Divorce' in 1993, which saw Czechoslovakia split into two constituent parts, the nation set about reasserting its independence, and today there's a humble, creative nature to the Slovaks that wins over no shortage of visitors. Slovakia draws a broad range of travellers, from skiers and backpackers to businesspeople and history buffs. Bratislava and the High Tatras mountain range remain its two headline draws, but this is a diverse country that rewards considerable exploration.
 

Travel Advice

Last updated: 26 November 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Make sure your passport is in a presentable state before you travel. The Slovak authorities can refuse entry if your passport is worn or damaged, or looks as if it has been tampered with.

Most visits to Slovakia are trouble-free.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Slovakia call 112.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

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