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Apple Pay may reach Slovakia & Czech Republic this spring  AppleInsider

Filling out important gaps in the European market, Apple Pay is reportedly poised to arrive in Slovakia and/or the Czech Republic somewhere between late ...

Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia  Washington Post

Same player, new flag: Rory Sabbatini a naturalized citizen of Slovakia and could be Olympic-bound.

Washington Post
Belarus, Slovakia celebrate 26 years of diplomatic relations  Belarus News (BelTA)

The ambassador noted that Slovakia and Belarus are connected by a great number of things, including peaceful intentions. “We don't wage wars but want to live ...

Belarus News (BelTA)
From Bratislava, Slovakia ... Rory Sabbatini  Sport24

Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot. Start with the flag stitched onto his golf bag.

Slovakia struggles with heavy snowfall  The Slovak Spectator

Public transport in Bratislava faced several problems and three flights had to be rerouted.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia among countries hard Brexit would hit the heaviest  The Slovak Spectator

Businesses flourished, sending higher taxes into the state coffers and more money on the payslips of their employees. This is the reality of Slovakia's economy in ...

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia again breaks record in car production  The Slovak Spectator

In 2018, more than one million vehicles rolled off the carmaker's production lines in Slovakia again. Volkswagen Slovakia, Kia Motors Slovakia, PSA Group ...

The Slovak Spectator
Sabbatini says Olympics not reason for Slovakia move  PGA TOUR

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Rory Sabbatini says his decision to become a Slovakian citizen is to support his wife and stepson and to further the sport of golf in the ...

Rory Sabbatini becomes Slovakia citizen, opening door to possible Olympics appearance  ESPN

Don't be surprised to hear these words at the Sony Open: "Now on the tee, from Slovakia, Rory Sabbatini." The South African-born Sabbatini last week became ...

Smartwings to launch regular flights from Slovakia to Antalya in Turkey  The Slovak Spectator

New seasonal connections from Bratislava and Košice will operate from the end of May.

The Slovak Spectator
Five events of 2018 that changed Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The events of the year now drawing to an end prompted Slovaks to often ponder the question as to whether 2018 was a historic moment, just like most of the ...

The Slovak Spectator
Which new building in Slovakia is the ugliest?  The Slovak Spectator

An economic weekly organised a survey to find the 10 ugliest buildings constructed between 2011 and 2018.

The Slovak Spectator
Once the same nation, the Czech Republic and Slovakia look very different religiously  Pew Research Center

On Jan. 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an event sometimes called the “Velvet Divorce.” But despite having ...

Pew Research Center
Blog: Life is easier in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

That is why I am here, says a Polish woman living in Bratislava.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia posts records in the export of toys  The Slovak Spectator

Toys from Slovakia seem to be popular around the world. Together with the Czech Republic, the country is one of the quickest growing exporters of toys in the ...

The Slovak Spectator
Netflix subscribers in Slovakia pay more than Canadians and Brits  The Slovak Spectator

Subscribers in English-speaking countries access more *content* on Netflix but pay less, the study shows.

The Slovak Spectator
Museum with worthy artworks moved out of Slovakia in silence  The Slovak Spectator

The Milan Dobeš Museum, exhibiting kinetic art, disappeared and its works relocated to the Czech Republic in 2017.

The Slovak Spectator
TOP 10 January events in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Travel around Slovakia's ski resorts: ice sculptures at Hrebienok, party in Jasná, or take part in the White Trail, Slovakia's oldest skiing competition, in Skalka.

The Slovak Spectator
24 hours in Bratislava: A perfect day in Slovakia's Christmas capital  Independent.ie

Thomas Breathnach spends 24 hours in a Christmassy Slovakian capital.

Christmas traditions in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Slovak Christmas traditions are about wishes for good health, positive family relations, but also money.

The Slovak Spectator
Man unhurt after launching car off barrier in Slovakia  RTE.ie

A driver in Slovakia has had a remarkably lucky escape, when his car flew through the air after hitting a barrier on a motorway in Poprad.

EU allowed Slovakia to tempt Jaguar Land Rover away from UK with £110m state aid pledge  Express

Yesterday, Jaguar Land Rover, issued a stark warning that the company will suffer job losses in the event of a hard Brexit as well announcing it is cutting its UK ...

slovakia  Bloomberg

HEAVY SNOW: Slovakia is blanketed by snow as temperatures drop to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (Source: Bloomberg)

Will Uber return to Slovakia?  The Slovak Spectator

Once the new rules come into effect, taxi drivers in Slovakia will be allowed to use not only a taxi meter but also an application to measure time and distance and ...

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia assumes OSCE chairmanship  The Slovak Spectator

On January 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák assumed the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on behalf of ...

The Slovak Spectator
Driver survives spectacular crash in Slovakia  SBS News

A driver in Slovakia survives a spectacular crash when his car mounted a ramp on the road's shoulder, surging upwards before flipping and falling back down ...

SBS News
Analyst: The euro helped Slovakia get over the crisis  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia marked one of its historic milestones 10 years ago when people gave up their Slovak crowns and adopted a new currency, the euro, on the first day of ...

The Slovak Spectator
2018: What were the most popular names for babies born in Slovakia?  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia has a calendar commission that decides on namesdays.

The Slovak Spectator
Diamond scam revealed in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia's gemologists have revealed a diamond certification fraud. An inferior diamond in a ring was accompanied with a certificate for a different gem of higher ...

The Slovak Spectator
NSoft's Sportsbook offer released to Orion Tip retail network in Slovakia  Gambling Insider - In-depth Analysis for the Gaming Industry

NSoft's Sportsbook offer Pre-Match and In-Play Betting MTS has been released to Orion Tip's retail network in Slovakia. This represents continuation of the ...

Gambling Insider - In-depth Analysis for the Gaming Industry
Europe weather news: Snow blankets Greece Italy Germany Switzerland Poland Slovakia  9news.com.au

Many parts of Europe have welcomed in 2019 with extreme weather as snow and subzero temperatures sweep the ...

Dramatic car crash in Slovakia  WSAW

This car veered onto a ramp and flew into a tunnel in Slovakia on Thursday. Authorities said the 44-year-old driver sustained only minor injuries.

U.S. opens World Junior Championship with win over Slovakia  ESPN

Mikey Anderson and Evan Barratt scored early in the third period, and the United States rallied to beat Slovakia 2-1 on Wednesday night to open the IIHF World ...

Slovakia goes easier on foreigners, but not easy enough  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia's labour market is still benefiting from the favourable economic situation and historic lows in the unemployment rate. The main problem now turns out to ...

The Slovak Spectator
2018 was the hottest year in history  The Slovak Spectator

The year 2018 was the hottest in Slovakia since records began, according to several weather stations. The average annual temperature was 12 degrees Celsius ...

The Slovak Spectator
Friend of TRU professor stuck in Slovakia wants federal government to act  CFJC Today Kamloops

KAMLOOPS — The former colleague of a Thompson Rivers University professor who's been stuck in Slovakia for just over a year says he's waiting for the ...

CFJC Today Kamloops
South Africa's Sabbatini makes switch - to Slovakia!  Sport24

Cape Town - Don't be surprised to hear these words at January's Sony Open: "Now on the tee, from Slovakia, Rory Sabbatini." Durban-born Sabbatini last week ...

Russia crushes Slovakia to advance to semifinals at world juniors  Sportsnet.ca

Klim Kostin scored twice to lead Russia past Slovakia 8-3 on Wednesday in their quarterfinal matchup at the world junior hockey championship.

Canada juniors thump Slovakia in pre-tournament play  CBC.ca

Cody Glass had a goal and two assists and goaltender Ian Scott stopped 23 shots as Canada thumped Slovakia 6-1 in a world juniors pre-tournament game ...

Czech president to visit Slovakia for fist foreign trip of 2019  Radio Prague

President Zeman's first foreign trip in 2019 will take him to neighboring Slovakia, the president's office told the Czech News Agency on Saturday. The Czech ...

Radio Prague
Car soars through air, hits tunnel roof in Slovakia. Driver survives scary crash  Hindustan Times

The spine-chilling moment a car flew off the road and banged into the roof of a tunnel in Slovakia has been caught on camera. Miraculously, however, the man ...

Hindustan Times
Slovakia must create secure environment for journalists  EUobserver

There is room for cautious optimism in Slovakia, but the chilling effects of Jan Kuciak's murder may be felt for some time and continued international scrutiny is ...

Car industry alters Slovakia's GDP estimate for next year  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia should now concentrate more on public finances and structural reforms, the National Bank of Slovakia recommends.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia's TOP 10 archaeological findings in 2018  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia has still many treasures hidden underground, though 2018 was particularly generous to archaeologists. Here are the most significant findings. Finding ...

The Slovak Spectator
Trio of Flames prospects pumped to represent Slovakia at world juniors  Calgary Sun

If you're fascinated by the future of the Calgary Flames, this squad should be on your world-junior watch-list.Team Slovakia's roster for the latest edition of the ...

Calgary Sun
Bemstrom's two goals lead Sweden past Slovakia  TSN

VANCOUVER — Emil Bemstrom scored twice, including the eventual winner, as Sweden topped Slovakia 5-2 at the world junior hockey championship on ...

Slovakia endorses the UN's refugee pact  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia joined 180 other countries and supported the UN's Global Compact on Refugees on December 17. The non-binding document is designed to support ...

The Slovak Spectator
South African-born Rory Sabbatini becomes a citizen of Slovakia, eyes playing in 2020 Olympics  Golf Digest

The veteran PGA Tour pro is married to a Slovak and thinks he can help grow the game in the Eastern European country.

Golf Digest
Former US ambassador to Slovakia gives $2m to US Holocaust Memorial Museum  The Times of Israel

Gallery to be named in honor of Carl Spielvogel and his wife, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, in appreciation of donation.

The Times of Israel
Team Slovakia ties team record for goals in single game set in Sydney  Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY, N.S. – Slovakia's national junior club tied a team record for goals in a single game at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship on Sunday.

Cape Breton Post
Minnesota United signs Slovakia midfielder Jan Gregus to DP deal  ESPN

Minnesota United has announced that it has signed Copenhagen midfielder and Slovakia international Jan Gregus to a designated player contract.

How Slovakians Beat the Oligarchs | by Ian Johnson | NYR Daily  The New York Review of Books

A protester commemorating murdered journalist Ján Kuciak at a Movement for a Decent Slovakia demonstration, Bratislava, May 4, 2018. Thirty miles northeast ...

The New York Review of Books
3 'Star' keys to success for US against Slovakia in World Juniors  NHL.com

The NHL Network will provide exclusive live telecasts of all United States games during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, ...

Rita Ora helps Slovak police protect raptors  The Slovak Spectator

Although this dog cannot sing Poison, it can detect it.

The Slovak Spectator
Watch: Blackhawks’ Henri Jokiharju scores for Finland against Slovakia at World Juniors  Second City Hockey

Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju scored a power play goal in the first period for Finland against Slovakia on Saturday at the World Junior Championship ...

Second City Hockey
New alliance will catch the fast-moving battery wave  The Slovak Spectator

The country has to foster robust partnerships among researchers, academia and the industrial and public sectors, says EC's Vice President Maroš Šefčovič.

The Slovak Spectator
Celtic transfer AGREED: Hoops to sign Timothy Weah before Slovakia swoop - report  Express

CELTIC have agreed to sign Timothy Weah from PSG in the January transfer window, reports claim.

Attract international investors for a reasonable price  The Slovak Spectator

The 7.2 hectares plot is located right next to the D1 motorway, the most important artery of the Slovak road network. Pieštany's location is ideal for investors ...

The Slovak Spectator
Tesco in Bratislava centre changes hands  The Slovak Spectator

The iconic building of the British retail chain Tesco department store in the centre of Bratislava has changed hands. The new owner of the building is the Mirage ...

The Slovak Spectator
Measles epidemic spreads in eastern Slovakia again  The Slovak Spectator

A further measles epidemic broke out before the Christmas holidays in the Trebišov district in eastern Slovakia. Altogether, 17 new cases of the disease were ...

The Slovak Spectator
Can escape rooms be deadly?  The Slovak Spectator

No single norm regulates this business activity in Slovakia.

The Slovak Spectator
New York Rangers: K’Andre Miller in action for Team USA in win over Slovakia  FanSided

The 2019 World Junior Championships got underway in British Columbia Wednesday. It was an opportunity for New York Rangers fans to see 2018 first round ...

Man Launches His BMW Into the Air Ahead of a Slovakian Tunnel Like This is Grand Theft Auto  Jalopnik

Every so often, you see something so incredibly unbelievable that you have to wonder if you didn't just witness a glitch in reality. There's currently a video of a ...

Slovakia extension for NSoft Corporation  World Casino Directory

Online gaming and sportsbetting software solutions firm has agreed to supply its retail in-play and pre-match managed trading *service* solutions to Orion Tip.

World Casino Directory
Accused in Kuciak murder had powerful contacts  The Slovak Spectator

Alena Zs., accused of commissioning and paying for the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, was in communication ...

The Slovak Spectator
EU Commissioner Sefcovic Agrees to Run for Slovakian Presidency - Reports  UrduPoint News

Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union Maros Sefcovic has agreed to run for the Slovakian presidency in the countrys upcoming ...

UrduPoint News
Slovak Nafta completes the acquisition of gas storage tanks in Germany  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia's company Nafta has completed the acquisition of underground tanks of natural gas in Inzenham - West, Wolfersberg and Breitbrunn/Eggstätt in ...

The Slovak Spectator
Šefčovič reportedly confirmed he is running for president  The Slovak Spectator

However, the current vice-president of the European Commission says he has not made a final decision yet.

The Slovak Spectator
MMAM to open two new exhibitions in Jan.  Winona Post

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona will open two new exhibitions in January featuring Twin Cities ceramicist Anna Metcalfe and Slovakian ...

Winona Post
Blog: Slovakia is the "I don't care" country  The Slovak Spectator

Iranian stand-up comedian Nasi arrived with her family when she was 15. In this podcast interview she talks about how Slovakia became her home and also why ...

The Slovak Spectator
Suspects Are Arrested in Killing of Slovak Journalist and His Fiancée  The New York Times

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The police in Slovakia arrested eight people on Thursday suspected of being connected to the killing of a young investigative ...

The New York Times
65000 foreigners work in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The number of foreigners working in Slovakia is growing. In October, there were about 65,000 foreigner workers, up by 17,000 compared to last year, the SITA ...

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia among safest EU countries  The Slovak Spectator

The safest EU country is Croatia, based on Eurostat statistics.

The Slovak Spectator
French President Macron visiting Slovakia on Friday  The Slovak Spectator

French President Emmanuel Macron will pay a working visit to Slovakia on Friday, October 26, the TASR newswire wrote. The head of state will meet Slovak ...

The Slovak Spectator
Bencic advances at Hobart International  Associated Press

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Belinda Bencic eased into the quarterfinals at the WTA Tour's Hobart International, beating Australian wild card Zoe Hives 6-2, 6-4.

Associated Press
Slovakia slammed for extraditing Yandiev and Roma segregation  The Slovak Spectator

The year 2018 has seen a growing xenophobic rhetoric and repressive measures, the human rights organisation Amnesty International (AI) said, giving Hungary ...

The Slovak Spectator
West has run Slovakia economically for over 100 years  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia is now catching up with the Czech Republic.

The Slovak Spectator
Foreigners in Slovakia: We did not feel welcomed at first  The Slovak Spectator

“We are Trnavans, all three of us,” said Naima Abdi in Slovak and her other two co-debaters smile and nod. Naima from Somalia has lived in Slovakia since ...

The Slovak Spectator
11 best places to visit in Slovakia  CNN

From the capital of Bratislava to Low Tatras National Park, these are 11 of the best places to visit in Slovakia, a country you should consider putting on your ...

Robots can replace Slovaks at work  The Slovak Spectator

Slovaks should prepare for the arrival of robots. With the increasing use of industrial robots across the globe, an average worker in Slovakia faces a 62 percent ...

The Slovak Spectator
PM: Slovakia is ready to respond to situation in Ukraine  The Slovak Spectator

No immediate incidents are expected for now on the border with Ukraine, but Slovakia is ready to respond anytime, said PM Peter Pellegrini after the meeting at ...

The Slovak Spectator
What makes golf in Slovakia special? (podcast)  The Slovak Spectator

Don Stoll, a passionate golf player from the US, has played golf at some of Slovakia's golf courses, most recently in Bojnice, and has a lot to say about them.

The Slovak Spectator
Visit a castle in Slovakia you haven't seen before  The Slovak Spectator

After decades of falling into disrepair and then reconstruction, the castle opened its gate to the public.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers' base  BBC News

The Slovak foreign ministry says it is "disturbing" that the Night Wolves - a Russian nationalist biker gang close to President Vladimir Putin - now have a base in ...

BBC News
Pohoda Festival Announces 1975, The Roots, Mac DeMarco, & More For 2019  Stereogum

Taking place in Trencin, Slovakia, Pohoda keeps its capacity to 30000, but still packs a blockbuster-size lineup.

Blog: Slovakia needs a positive culture of role models  The Slovak Spectator

Slovak business consultant Helena Sarkanova gained valuable knowledge during her studies in the UK. Now, she wants to enact change in Slovakia.

The Slovak Spectator
Jaguar Land Rover job cuts: What the papers say  Coventry Telegraph

The Jaguar Land Rover move has seen a raft of responses.

Coventry Telegraph
Which is the best option for travellers – Czech Republic or Slovakia?  The Telegraph

They're no longer an item, but the Czech Republic and Slovakia will still celebrate their big anniversary in style. What divorce? It's a bit like organising a huge ...

The Telegraph
Veteran Kuchar leads Sony Open  Sport24

American Matt Kuchar used a hot start to shoot his second-straight 63 and grab the halfway stage lead at the PGA Tour's Sony Open.

FOREIGNERS: TOP 10 December events in Slovakia Video  The Slovak Spectator

Enjoy a bit of culture around Slovak regions during the festive season, including stand-up comedy in English, music jamming, and a film about the coldest place ...

The Slovak Spectator
Press Freedom Is Still Under Attack in Slovakia  Foreign Policy

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia—It is hard to miss the headquarters of Slovakia's public broadcaster. Shaped like an inverted pyramid, it's one of those bizarre ...

Foreign Policy
Slovakia drops in competitiveness  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia's competitiveness dropped slightly compared with last year. The country placed 41 st in the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, with an overall score ...

The Slovak Spectator
Women's WFCQ 2019 Trencin, Slovakia - rosters published - IFF Main Site  International Floorball Federation

09/01/2019. The team lists for the Women's WFCQ 2019 EUR2 & EUR4 have been published. The qualifications will be played in Športové centrum M-Šport in ...

International Floorball Federation
POLITICO Slovakia Playbook, presented by EGBA: Fico returns — Šefčovič says — Slovakia’s Nigel Farage quits  POLITICO.eu

Welcome to POLITICO's special edition European Elections Playbook series. I'm Ryan Heath, political editor at POLITICO, and I'll be exploring the intersection of ...

Slovakia - from black hole to neutron star  EUobserver

Slovakia is about to take up a one-year stint as president of the Visegrad Four, with a determination to anchor Central Europe in "Jadro Europy" - the core of ...

With F-16 buy, Slovakia 'cutting off' Russian hardware  DefenseNews.com

NATO member Slovakia is on track to purchase 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters to replace its MiG-29 jets in a wider effort to break from Russia, a defence ...

Foreigners: Top 10 events around Slovakia in October  The Slovak Spectator

The selection of events not to miss in various regions around Slovakia next month, including an internationally renowned marathon, a sauerkraut feast, a visual ...

The Slovak Spectator
Strong winds uproot thousands of trees in northern Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Strong winds that hit the Tatra National Park (TANAP) on the night of October 29 and continued through October 30 blew down more than 7,500 trees.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia is the seventh cheapest country in the EU  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia is the seventh cheapest country within the European Union (EU), as price levels for consumer goods and services in the European Union are 45 ...

The Slovak Spectator
OLAF: Slovakia might have to pay €300 million to the EU  The Slovak Spectator

The European Anti-fraud Office found custom-related fraud worth millions of euros. Slovakia is one of the countries that lets underpriced goods onto the EU ...

The Slovak Spectator

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Slovakia ( (listen); Slovak: Slovensko [ˈslɔʋɛnskɔ] (listen)), officially the Slovak Republic (Slovak: Slovenská republika, listen ), is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the west, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5.4 million and consists mostly of Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava, and the second largest city is Košice. The official language is Slovak.The Slavs arrived in the territory of present-day Slovakia in the 5th and 6th centuries. In the 7th century, they played a significant role in the creation of Samo's Empire and in the 9th century established the Principality of Nitra, which was later conquered by the Principality of Moravia to establish Great Moravia. In the 10th century, after the dissolution of Great Moravia, the territory was integrated into the Principality of Hungary, which would become the Kingdom of Hungary in 1000. In 1241 and 1242, much of the territory was destroyed by the Mongols during their invasion of Central and Eastern Europe. The area was recovered largely thanks to Béla IV of Hungary who also settled Germans which became an important ethnic group in the area, especially in what are today parts of central and eastern Slovakia. After World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Czechoslovak National Council established Czechoslovakia (1918–1939). A separate (First) Slovak Republic (1939–1945) existed during World War II as a totalitarian, clero-fascist one-party client state of Nazi Germany. At the end of World War II, Czechoslovakia was re-established as an independent country. A coup in 1948 ushered in a totalitarian one-party state under the Communist regime during whose rule the country existed as a satellite of the Soviet Union. Attempts for liberalization of communism in Czechoslovakia culminated in the Prague Spring, which was crushed by the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. In 1989, the Velvet Revolution ended the Communist rule in Czechoslovakia peacefully. Slovakia became an independent state on 1 January 1993 after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia, sometimes known as the Velvet Divorce.Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with a very high Human Development Index, a very high standard of living and performs favourably in measurements of civil liberties, press freedom, internet freedom, democratic governance and peacefulness. The country maintains a combination of market economy with a comprehensive social security system. Citizens of Slovakia are provided with universal health care, free education and one of the longest paid parental leave in the OECD. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009. Slovakia is also a member of the Schengen Area, NATO, the United Nations, the OECD, the WTO, CERN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Visegrád Group. Although regional income inequality is high, 90% of citizens own their homes. In 2018, Slovak citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 179 countries and territories, ranking the Slovak passport 10th in the world. Its legal tender, the Euro, is the world's 2nd-most-traded currency. Slovakia is the world's largest per-capita car producer with a total of 1,040,000 cars manufactured in the country in 2016 alone and the 7th largest car producer in the European Union. The car industry represents 43% of Slovakia's industrial output, and a quarter of its exports.