Religion in Slovakia
The majority of believers are adherents of the Roman Catholic Church (60%), Protestantism is professed by 8% of the population, Greek Catholic Christianity – 4%, Orthodoxy – 4%. 10% of the population are atheists.
Transport in Slovakia
Slovakia can be reached by plane, trains to Slovakia can pass through several states – Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and the Czech Republic, so you should know the route when buying a ticket, because a transit visa may be required.
Within the country, they travel mainly by train or by road. Bus service is more expensive than rail.
The main type of urban transport is trams, buses and trolleybuses are also common. Tickets are purchased from orange vending machines located at bus stops. All taxis are equipped with meters.
When renting a car, you must have a driver’s license, even a Russian one, a passport and a credit card, which will be taken as a deposit, will do.
Plant and Animal World in Slovakia
About 40% of the country’s territory is covered with forests. The forests of the southern slopes of the mountains consist mainly of oak and beech, while the forests of the northern slopes consist of fir and spruce. Alpine meadows stretch at a height.
Animals include deer, lynx, wolves, bears, foxes, squirrels and weasels.
Minerals in Slovakia
Slovakia has deposits of iron ore, antimony, magnesite and manganese.
Banks in Slovakia
Banks are open daily, except Sunday, from 9:00 to 16:00 with a lunch break from 11:00 to 14:00, exchange offices are open from 7:00 to 19:00, and on weekends from 8:00 to 15: 00.
Money in Slovakia
The national currency of Slovakia is the Slovak krone. It is equal to 100 hellers. In circulation there are denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 crowns and coins of 10, 20 and 50 hellers and 1, 2, 5 and 10 crowns. Foreign currency is best exchanged at exchange offices. When leaving the country, it is possible to exchange crowns for currency, it is carried out at railway stations and airports upon presentation of a passport and a receipt for the previous purchase of crowns. Credit cards are accepted in almost all banks, major hotels and gas stations. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at banks and post offices.
Rate: 100 Slovak Koruna (SKK) = 3.49 USD (05/15/2013)
Political State in Slovakia
According to politicsezine, Slovakia is an independent parliamentary democratic republic. The head of state is the president, who is elected for a term of 5 years. The legislative body is the National Council. The executive body is the Government headed by the Prime Minister.
Population in Slovakia
About 86% of the population are Slovaks, 11% are Hungarians, Gypsies, Czechs, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles and Germans can be classified as national minorities.
The state language is Slovak, Hungarian and Czech are common, in tourist areas – English and German.
Cuisine in Slovakia
Of the national dishes, very popular are “lokshami” (goose wings with potato cakes), “boar’s knee baked” (pork breaded in breadcrumbs with potato salad), “shepherd’s dumplings” with cheese, “Spish Pohutka” (goulash with champignons and potato pancakes), “longos” (large fried round doughnuts with butter and garlic), roast goose with dumplings, duck with sauerkraut, braised chicken, roast turkey, stuffed chicken with paprika and a variety of vegetable and meat soups. Boiled corn, all kinds of dumplings and vegetable salads are served as a side dish for meat dishes. Be sure to try dumplings with various fillings, local sheep cheeses “shtepki” and “parenitsy” similar to feta cheese.
Slovak wine is considered one of the best in Europe. The most famous varieties are “Tokai”, “Limbashsky Silvan”, “Vlashsky Riesling”, “Green Velteliner”, “Rachenska Frankovka”, “Sharish”. From strong alcoholic drinks they use “slivovitz” (plum vodka) and “borovichka” (juniper vodka).
Kosice is the center of eastern Slovakia and the second largest city in the country, where you will see interesting gothic buildings. The city center is a large pedestrian area, dominated by the monumental Cathedral of St. Elizabeth. It was built over two centuries in 1378-1508. The cathedral complex also includes the Church of St. Michael and the Urban Tower. Behind the church of St. Michael there is a descent into the dungeons, where medieval fortifications are located.
The City Theater is interesting, at the entrance to which there is a musical fountain. The interior of the theater is decorated with stucco ornaments, and the ceilings are painted by the artist P. Gackeb. Behind the theater is the City Hall building, the Plague Column and the building of the former city prison with the City Museum.
Poprad is located in the High Tatras. There is a railway between it and the ski resorts, so you can only get to the High Tatras through this city. There is also an international airport here.
Chopok is the main mountain of the Low Tatras with a height of 2024 m. There are many lifts and slopes of varying degrees of difficulty. Nearby is the world-famous ski resort Jasna.
Strbske Pleso (Slovakia)
Strbske Pleso is one of the most popular ski resorts in Slovakia. It is located in the High Tatras and stands on the shores of the lake of the same name at an altitude of 1355 m. This is the highest of the resorts, so the skiing season here is the longest. Strbsko Pleso hosts the stages of the European Championships in cross-country skiing and ski jumping. The height of skiing in the resort ranges from 1300 to 1915 m. There are 2 chair lifts, 3 ski lifts and 1 children’s lift. Among the tracks – 3 medium difficulty, 2 easy; their total length of trails is 4.5 km. The resort also has 42.5 km of trails for cross-country skiing, trails for night skiing and an ice rink.
Strbsko Pleso is also a health resort. The main method of treatment is climatotherapy, which consists of two parts: air treatment (aerotherapy) and sun treatment (heliotherapy). The infrastructure is well developed: there are several sanatoriums and good hotels where guests can use the services of fitness centers and massage rooms. In summer, the resort is the starting point for many hiking trips: to the Jamske and Popradske lakes, to the waterfall in the Mlynica valley, climb the peaks of Prednje Solisko (2093 m), Faster Sedlo (2490 m) and Rysy (2500 m).