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Unique Slovakia

Unique castles, caves, hot springs, folk architecture, the European equivalent of the Dead Sea, a famous Celtic town, European wildlife and much more. Discover Slovakia’s unparalleled tourist attractions that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

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UNESCO sites

Explore the hidden corners of primeval forests, unique realms beneath the earth’s surface, historic towns or impressive folk art artefacts. Breathtaking natural wonders together with fascinating architecture make Slovakia an attractive destination.

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History and economy

Even though Slovakia is a young country, established only on 1 January 1993 after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, it has a very long and diverse history.

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Language

Through language we learn about its speakers, about their perception of the world, their country and culture, customs or possibly even bad habits. Thus the Slovak language can also work as a shortcut to Slovaks. So what is Slovak like?

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Natural sights

Over 40 percent of Slovakia is covered by woodland, giving the country one of the largest forest areas in Europe. In Slovakia you can find hills, mountains, and parks, as well as bodies of water such as lakes or rivers which forge their way through rocks to create unique landscapes that you will love. Embark on a journey across Slovakia and discover its natural wonders.

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Regions

Despite its small size, Slovakia is an incredibly diverse country. Nature, people and especially its historical development have gradually brought about a division of the territory into regions. The best known regions include Liptov, Spiš and Orava. However, unique untouched nature together with remarkable traditions, culinary specialities and culture can be also found in the Gemer or Horehronie regions. Today, Slovakia is divided into eight administrative regions:

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Cuisine

Are you hungry or thirsty? In Slovakia, you will not only find high-quality gastronomy with traditional dishes, but also modern cuisine with European influences. Regional dishes are as colourful as the Slovak countryside itself.

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Latest news

14 September 2016
European Border and Coast Guard: final approval
Brussels / Strasbourg (14 September) - On 14 September 2016, the Council gave its final approval to the European Border and Coast Guard. The adoption of the regulation, which the Council approved by written procedure paves the way for the Border and Coast Guard to begin its activities in mid-October.
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13 September 2016
Jewellery exhibition tells stories of historical Slovak figures
Brussels (14 September) – Visitors to the Ravenstein Gallery will learn that a Slovak can become King of Madagascar, invent a parachute, discover a comet or be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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13 September 2016
EU agriculture ministers meet in Bratislava to discuss farmers' position in the food supply chain and unfair trade practices
Bratislava (13 September 2016) – Slovak Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matečná received fellow agriculture and rural development ministers from the other EU Member States for an informal AGRIFISH meeting in Bratislava. The ministers discussed the strengthening of the position of farmers in the food supply chain.
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12 September 2016
External investment plan on the agenda of ministers responsible for development policy
Brussels (12 September 2016) – The informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council for Development held in Brussels was dominated by the forthcoming External Investment Plan – an initiative focused on the root causes of migration in Africa and the EU neighbourhood. The informal meeting was chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU was represented by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Lukáš Parízek.
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23 August 2016
Joint Statement: Ministerial Conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes
(Bratislava, 23 August 2016)
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12 July 2016
Speech by Foreign Minister M. Lajčák at the EP Committee AFET
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12 July 2016
Speech by Finance Minister P. Kažimír at the conference "Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme"
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6 July 2016
Speech by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in the European Parliament
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15 September 2016
Bratislava Summit: the capital city will host 27 EU heads of state or government
On Friday 16 September, Bratislava will host the informal summit of 27 heads of state or government of the EU Member States, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Participants at the informal meeting, known as the Bratislava Summit, will discuss the future direction of the EU after the results of the referendum in the United Kingdom in which the citizens made a decision to withdraw their country from the common European project.
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9 September 2016
Notice: Informal meeting of ministers for agriculture and fisheries (informal AGRIFISH)
On 11 – 13 September 2016 Bratislava will host an informal meeting of ministers for agriculture and fisheries (informal AGRIFISH). The meeting will be chaired by Gabriela Matečná, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, who will welcome the agriculture ministers, representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament and a number of prominent guests.
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8 September 2016
Notice: Informal meeting of ministers for development (informal FAC / Development)
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5 September 2016
Notice: Informal meeting of ministers for economic and financial affairs (Informal ECOFIN Council)
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23 June 2016
Presidency glossary
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23 June 2016
Slovak Presidency Website eu2016.sk
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22 June 2016
Accreditation and registration
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5 May 2016
Presidency in Figures
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Venezuela
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on EU strategy on China
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Turkey
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19 July 2016
EU priorities at the United Nations and the 71st UNGA
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