Capital | Bratislava
Population | 5,470,306 SQ KM
Area | 48,845 SQ KM
Official Language | Slovak
Holidays | Constitution Day, 1 September (1992)
Currency | Slovak koruny (SKK)
Time Zone | UTC+1
Best Time to Visit | May to June (for sunny weather)
Connecting with the Culture | Roaming the ruins of Spis, Slovakia’s largest castle. Discovering Levoca, a medieval walled town and a treasure-chest of Renaissance architecture. Wining and dining in the bustling, renovated old town of Bratislava. Exploring the caves of Slovak Karst. Enjoying the spa at Bardejovske Kupele after exploring the skansen (open-air museum) in the spa’s foothills.
Read | the brilliant village tales of Bozena Slancikova and the poetry of Ivan Krasko.
Listen | to Dezider Kardos’s second symphony, Hero’s Ballad.
Watch | seminal vampire chiller Nosferatu, set in Orava Castle
Eat | bryndzove halusky (small potato dumplings topped with sheep’s cheese and a sprinkling of fried bacon bits.
Drink | home-made slivovice (plum brandy)
In a Word | Ahoj (hello)
Characteristics | The poor sister of the Czech Republic; Stalinist architecture; farmers; villages; mountains.
Surprises | The largest meteor ever to hit Europe landed near the East Slovakian town of Zboj in 1866, its flight was visible from the High Tatras over 200km away.