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Slovakia - Useful Information for Travelers and Tourists

SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA
THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Short name: SLOVENSKO (SLOVAKIA)
ISO 2-letters code: SK
3-letters code: SVK
Krivan
Krivan peak in the High Tatras

For basic geographic data see Geography of Slovakia.

Bratislava`s coat of arms

BRATISLAVA - the capital of Slovakia. Population 586,000, location 48-10' NL, 17-10' EL.

OTHER CITIES

Kosice (population 235,000), Nitra (90,000), Presov (88,000), Banska Bystrica (85,000), Zilina (84,000), Trnava (72,000), Martin (60,000), Trencin (57,000), Poprad (53,000), Zvolen (42,000).

Slovak cities and villages

MONEY

Slovakia adopted the euro on 1 January 2009. On July 8, 2008 the European Union had formally invited Slovakia to join the European single currency and had set the rate at which crowns (koruna) were exchanged for euros. The official rate was set at 30.1260 crowns to the euro.

See HERE how Slovak Euro coins look. For more information see the National Bank of Slovakia site and the European Central Bank site.

Current exchange rates.

ATM machines are everywhere in Slovakia.

VISA AND CUSTOM DUTIES

On May 1, 2004 the Slovak republic became a part of the European Union. Visa and custom duties are adjusted according to European directives.

As of 21st December 2007, the Slovak republic together with Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland and Slovenia have become part of the Schengen area. Controls at internal land and sea borders between these countries and the current 15 member states were lifted. The checks on external borders remain the same as new Member States to the EU have been applying the Schengen external border acquis since accession. The Slovak Republic has external border with Ukraine.

More information about travelling to Slovakia is on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs page.

TIME ZONE

CET (Central European Time) = GMT+1 (Summer time (CET DST) +1 hour)
Summer time
Starts at the end of March and ends at the end of October.

ELECTRICITY

Voltage: 220V/50Hz
Video System: PAL (newer), sound CCIR D/K
Picture of electricity plug used in Slovakia.

PHONE

EMERGENCIES

SHOPPING

Store Hours:
Generally 9 - 18 (some with lunch break). Some hypermarkets are open roundclock. (See the list of holidays below.)
*Banks may close at 3:30*.
Saturday, most stores close at noon.
Sunday, except hypermarkets and shopping centers almost none are open.
Links to biggest shopping malls and hypermarkets in Bratislava.

HOLIDAYS IN 2017
January 1Day of the Slovak Republic - shops are closed
January 6Three Kings - shops are closed
April 14Good Friday (Velky Piatok in Slovak) - shops are closed
April 17Easter Monday (Velkonocny pondelok) - shops are closed also on Easter Sunday
May 1Labour Day - shops are closed
May 8VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) - shops are closed
July 5Sts. Cyril and St. Methodius Day - shops are closed
August 29Day of the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising - shops are closed
September 1Constitution Day (Slovak Republic, 1993) - shops are closed
September 15Madonna patron of Slovakia - shops are closed
November 1All Saints Day - shops are closed
November 17Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day - shops are closed
December 24Christmas Eve (Christmas in Slovakia) - shops are closed after midday
December 25I. Christmas holiday - shops are closed
December 26II. Christmas holiday - St. Stefans Day - shops are closed

MORE INFORMATION

CLIMATE
Continental with hot summers and cold winters.

The coldest month is January (0°C), warmest July and August (26°C). In high altitude the snow lasts for 130 days per year.

WEATHER

ADDRESSES FOR TRAVELERS

TRANSPORT

TOURISM AND RELAX
CULTURE
Events in Bratislava - Bratislava's Calendar vspace=

Bits and Pieces of Slovak Culture

FOOD
About Slovak cuisine (a small culinary dictionary).
Published: January 6, 2012
Updated: June 2, 2017
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