Slovakia is an amazing country with tons and tons of natural and man-made beauties all over the country. You’d literally run out of time while exploring different parts of Slovakia! This country would never let you down!
Slovakia is one of the most gorgeous countries in Europe, yet unknown to most people!
Let’s learn more about this fairyland in this post.
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Recent history of Slovakia
Slovakia, a part of Czechoslovakia
In recent history, Slovakia was a part of a large country called the Czechoslovak Republic from 1918 to 1939 and then a part of (somewhat) similar country called Czechoslovakia from 1945 until 1990.
Velvet Revolution | Slovakia’s independence from Czechoslovakia
After WW II, Slovakia which was a part of Czechoslovakia became a Communist country but in 1993, people came to the streets and protested for their freedom peacefully which led to a non-violent transition from Communism towards democracy which became famous as the Velvet Revolution!
Finally, Slovakia gained its full independence from Czechoslovakia on 1 January 1993
Slovakia joining the EU
After a few years of negotiation with the EU, Slovakia could become an EU member on 1 May 2004. Now, the currency in Slovakia is euro, just like most other EU members and Slovak citizens enjoy having the freedom of movement in the EU zone for working, living, and studying.
People in Slovakia
Even though the official language in Slovakia is Slovak, the country has one of the highest rates of bilinguals and trilinguals in the EU as most people in Slovakia can speak Czech and other European languages. Be rest assured that you’d have no problem communicating with Slovakia’s people in English!
What to do in Slovakia
Bratislava castle in Slovakia
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia looks like a fairy tale city, straight out of the Disney land because of its famous icon called Bratislava castle.
The area of the castle complex itself is widely used by residents and visitors of Bratislava for walks with the possibility of nice views of the historic city center, the Danube, and the Petržalka district.
Slavín, a war monument in Bratislava, Slovakia
Slavín is a Bratislava memorial to Soviet soldiers killed during the Second World War in western Slovakia. Together with the cemetery of the fallen in the First World War in Petržalka, it represents the only military cemetery in Bratislava.
Hlavné námestie in Bratislava, Slovakia
Hlavné námestie or The main square is a square in Bratislava in the Old Town. It is the central square of this part of the city and one of the most famous squares in Bratislava.