Country: Slovakia

Population: 5,447,502

Capital: Bratislava

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: Slovak koruna (SKK)

Government Type: parliamentary democracy

Languages: Slovak (official) 83.9%, Hungarian 10.7%, Roma 1.8%, Ukrainian 1%, other or unspecified 2.6%

Ethnic Breakdown: Slovak 85.8%, Hungarian 9.7%, Roma 1.7%, Ruthenian/Ukrainian 1%, other and unspecified 1.8%

Religion: Roman Catholic 68.9%, Protestant 10.8%, Greek Catholic 4.1%, other or unspecified 3.2%, none 13%

Major Cities: Bratislava

Phone Country Code: 421

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.sacr.sk/index?lang=en

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: e

Major Holidays: January 1 (Establishment of the Slovak Republic), January 6 (Epiphany), Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), May 8 (Victory Over Fascism Day), July 5 (St. Cyril & Methodius Day), August 29 (Slovak National Uprising Day), September 1 (Slovak Constitution Day), September 15 (Our Lady of Sorrows Day), November 1 (All Saints Day), November 17 (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day), December 24-25 (Christmas), December 26 (St. Stephen's Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: The Slovakian ice hockey team won the world championship in 2002.