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Country name conventional long form: Slovak Republic
conventional short form: Slovakia
local long form: Slovenska Republika
local short form: Slovensko
Gevernment typeparliamentary democracy
Capital name: Bratislava
geographic coordinates: 48 09 N, 17 07 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionthree equal horizontal bands of white (top), blue, and red superimposed with the coat of arms of Slovakia (consisting of a red shield bordered in white and bearing a white Cross of Lorraine surmounting three blue hills); the coat of arms is centered vertically and offset slightly to the hoist side
CurrencySlovak koruna (SKK)
Internet country code.sk
Ports and terminalsBratislava, Komarno
Agriculture productsgrains, potatoes, sugar beets, hops, fruit; pigs, cattle, poultry; forest products
Industriesmetal and metal products; food and beverages; electricity, gas, coke, oil, nuclear fuel; chemicals and manmade fibers; machinery; paper and printing; earthenware and ceramics; transport vehicles; textiles; electrical and optical apparatus; rubber products
Geography
LocationCentral Europe, south of Poland
Coordinates48 40 N, 19 30 E
ContinentEurope
Area total: 48,845 sq km
land: 48,800 sq km
water: 45 sq km
Boundaries total: 1,524 km
border countries: Austria 91 km, Czech Republic 215 km, Hungary 677 km, Poland 444 km, Ukraine 97 km
Coastline0 km (landlocked)
Climatetemperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters
Terrainrugged mountains in the central and northern part and lowlands in the south
Natural resourcesbrown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land
Natural hazardsNA
People
Population5,439,448 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsSlovak 85.8%, Hungarian 9.7%, Roma 1.7%, Ruthenian/Ukrainian 1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
ReligionsRoman Catholic 68.9%, Protestant 10.8%, Greek Catholic 4.1%, other or unspecified 3.2%, none 13% (2001 census)
LanguagesSlovak (official) 83.9%, Hungarian 10.7%, Roma 1.8%, Ukrainian 1%, other or unspecified 2.6% (2001 census)

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