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British ambassador explains to Slovak PM why he's wrong
Robert Fico 'shocked' by Nigel Baker's video on social media.

Last Week: How much hate can we take?
Prominent journalist steps back, citing online and real-life attacks.

Slovakia could become a European hub for ESG reporting
Business service centres are creating a cooperative ecosystem for this emerging service, says market leader.

Foreign Minister Blanár shakes hands with Russian counterpart Lavrov in Turkey
PM Robert Fico recommended the meeting to Blanár.

Unveiling the heart of giving: IWCB Charity Committee's compassionate initiatives
IWCB Charity Committee head Elisabeth Laursen transcends financial support to create meaningful connections within the community.

News digest: Slovakia takes receipt of the first of its F-16 fighter jets
Slovaks still stand with Ukraine, events tips for the next week, and the presidential race is neck and neck.

New business ranking highlights Slovakia's 'changemakers'
Forbes Slovakia platforms leaders in biotech, AI and automotive innovation.

Slovakia, facing labour shortages, is to allow more visas for foreign workers
Government approves proposal aims to amend the process for admitting people.

An unusual hobby: The American with 3,000 Slovak and Czech folk dresses
A selection of short feel-good stories from Slovakia.

Weekend: Look up, two comets are visible from Slovakia
Experience popculture in Prešov, taste delicacies in Sládkovičovo. Here's what to do during the weekend of March 1-3.

Ageing car fleet, preference for SUVs, weighs on environment
Out of total 2.8 million passenger and small commercial cars, only 12,000 are battery electric cars.

Fico's love for Russia, Brussels toilet, and Ruslana's song: Smer kicks off International Women's Day tour
Ex-Smer member and presidential hopeful Peter Pellegrini joined the event via video.

News digest: Smer's celebrating women and Lipšic's office closure
What's on in Bratislava, a Slovak-Vietnamese on growing up in Slovakia, and director of Google Czechia and Slovakia resigns.

Constitutional Court didn't help. Special Prosecutor's Office will shut down in March
More than 1,000 cases waiting for redistribution around the country.

Stories of Slovaks who have not given up on Ukraine
Not a single one wants Russians near the Slovak border.

Slovak academics: don’t underestimate yourselves, says leading glass researcher
Dušan Galusek researches cutting-edge applications of glass.

Top 10 events in Bratislava for foreigners
Tips for events between March 4 and 10.

The business service sector is eager to get new roles and competences
Slovakia offers reasonably priced talent, a return on investment and added value.

3 things to do in Bratislava for free in the next seven days
This Sunday hikers will set out on a hike to Veľký Javorník and Malý Javorník.

Palace under Nitra Castle restored to former glory
Now home to Church offices.

At 9, she saw poverty in Vietnam. The moment changed her further life in Slovakia
Claudia Alner's life weaves a captivating blend of Vietnamese heritage and Slovak culture, reflecting her unique journey from childhood in Slovakia to her multifaceted adulthood.

News digest: European Commission VP warns of Russian propaganda, points to Slovakia
Child rights proposal rejected by Parliament, concert to help a musician, and rural idyll not originally Slovak.

Parliament rejects proposal on child rights in hospitals
MP attacks coalition for not backing legislation to allow parents to accompany offspring.

Rural idyll considered quintessentially Slovak not endemic
The romantic shepherd life of the past as we imagine it now was incredibly demanding - and immigrated to Slovakia.

Direct train line between Košice and Kyiv planned
Only Košice-Mukachevo link currently operating.

News digest: Eastern Slovakia to host Ukrainian and Slovak leaderships in April
A diplomatic note sent to Belgium, Visegrad Four summit in Prague, and Bosch's change of heart.

Prague summit shows Visegrad Four's profound divide over Ukraine
Robert Fico and Viktor Orbán form first team, Petr Fiala and Donald Tusk the second.

Some trains from Bratislava to Vienna will be out of service until December
Repair work on the track from Bratislava to Marchegg will begin next week.

Bosch won't create 4,000 new jobs, bringing e-bike production in Slovakia to end
The German investor cites low demand, politicians blame one another.

Not the best of times
People in countries that should know better are being treated like serfs, not citizens.

It’s easier to work with Ukrainians than Israelis and Spaniards. They pay on time, says a Slovak CEO.
Seak's technology can protect Ukrainian cities from Russian airstrikes.

Enthusiast discovers 50-million-year-old oyster in Liptov
Find prompted a quick archaeological research.

Putin's war gets the worst out of Fico
The war also affects us.

News digest: Explaining PM Fico's fear inducing words about Paris meeting
Slovak NHL player's contract terminated over video, Ukrainian graphic designer makes a war poster a day, and how Ukrainians feel in Slovakia.

Explainer: Will Slovak soldiers fight in Ukraine? Why Fico is lying about Paris summit
More than 20 leaders will meet in Paris on Monday.

Slovakia News

Slovakia Industrial Output Slows on Year in December 

Industrial production in Slovakia fell 0.1% year-on-year in December, slowing from a 1.9% fall in the previous month, the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) said in a statement on Friday.

Published: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Slovakia Trade Deficit Narrows Sharply

Slovakia's trade deficit shrank to EUR 258 million in December 2023, from EUR 1,326.4 million in the same month a year earlier, preliminary estimates from the statistics agency on Thursday show.

Published: 
Monday, February 12, 2024

Slovakia Construction Output Rises in November

Slovakia's construction output increased 6.9% year-on-year in November from a 5% rise in the previous month, data from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) on Thursday show.

Published: 
Monday, January 15, 2024

Slovakia Industrial Output Shrinks in November

Industrial production in Slovakia fell 1.9% year-on-year in November, reversing from a 4.3% growth in the previous month, figures released by the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Wednesday.

Published: 
Friday, January 12, 2024

Slovakia Inflation Rate at Near 2-year Low in November

Slovakia's annual inflation rate eased for the ninth consecutive month to 6.2% in November, down from an annual 7.1% in the previous month, data from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Thursday.

Published: 
Monday, December 18, 2023

Slovak Construction Output Growth Eases in October

Slovakia's construction output growth eased to 5% year-on-year in October, down from September's seven-month high of 6%, data from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Tuesday.

Published: 
Thursday, December 14, 2023

Slovakia Industrial Output Recovers in October

Industrial production in Slovakia advanced 4.3% year-on-year in October, recovering from a downwardly revised 0.2% fall in September, the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) said in a statement on Monday.

Published: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Slovak Retail Trade Shrinks Marginally in October

Slovakia's retail sales fell by 0.2% year-on-year in October, easing from a 5.4% plunge in the prior month, figures from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Wednesday.

Published: 
Friday, December 8, 2023

Slovakia Q3 GDP Growth Confirmed at 1.1%

Slovakia's economic advanced by 1.1% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2023, matching preliminary estimates, and following a 1.5% growth in the previous three-month period, the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) announced on Tuesday.

Published: 
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Slovakia Business Confidence Rises in November

The industrial confidence indicator in Slovakia increased by 4 points from a month earlier to -6 in November, marking the highest reading in three months, survey data from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Wednesday.

Published: 
Friday, December 1, 2023

Slovakia Jobless Rate Edges Down in October

Slovakia's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1% in October from 5.9% in the same period of 2022, data from the Ministry of Labor, Social, Affairs and Family (ÚpsVar) on Monday show.

Published: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Slovakia Extending Border Controls With Hungary

Earlier this week, Slovakia's government approved keeping temporary controls on its border with Hungary until December 23.

Published: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Slovak Truckers Protest at Ukraine Border

Slovak truckers staged a brief symbolic blockage of the country’s main crossing with Ukraine on Thursday but threatened a full blockade in the near future to support Polish calls for restrictions on the number of Ukrainian trucks entering the European Union.

Published: 
Friday, November 17, 2023

Slovakia Construction Output Jumps in September

Construction output in Slovakia rose 6% year-on-year in September, up from a 4% increase in the previous month, data from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Monday.

Published: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Slovakia Industrial Output Shrinks in September

Industrial production in Slovakia fell by 0.6% year-on-year in September, following a 21-month high of 4.6% growth in August, the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) said on Friday.

Published: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Slovakia Retail Trade Falls in September

Retail sales in Slovakia shrank 5.4% year-on-year in September, slipping further from a 2.1% decrease in the previous month, figures from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Wednesday.

Published: 
Friday, November 10, 2023

Slovakia Business Morale Deteriorates in September

The industrial confidence indicator in Slovakia dropped by 0.7 points from the previous month to -10 in October, marking the sixth consecutive month of negative readings, survey data from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Monday.

Published: 
Thursday, November 2, 2023

Slovakia Inflation Rate Eases Further in September

The annual inflation rate in Slovakia eased to 8.2% in September from 8.9% in August, data released by the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Friday.

Published: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Slovakia Construction Growth Accelerates in August

Construction output in Slovakia expanded 4% year-on-year in August, following a 2.8% gain in the previous month, figures from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) on Wednesday show.

Published: 
Friday, October 13, 2023

Slovakia Industrial Output Rebounds in August

Industrial production in Slovakia grew 4.6% year-on-year in August, shifting from a 5.3% contraction in the previous month, figures from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Tuesday.

Published: 
Thursday, October 12, 2023

Slovak Retail Trade Shrinks Less in August

Retail sales in Slovakia fell by 2.1% year-on-year in August, easing from a 4.4% plunge in the prior month, data released by the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Wednesday.

Published: 
Friday, October 6, 2023

Slovakia Business Mood Down, Consumer Mood up in Sep

Overall confidence in the Slovak economy did not change significantly month-on-month, despite its decline in industry, construction, and trade, data from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Thursday.

Published: 
Monday, October 2, 2023

Slovakia Inflation Rate Slows Further in August

The annual inflation rate in Slovakia slowed to 8.9% in August from 9.7% in the previous month, data from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Thursday.

Published: 
Monday, September 18, 2023

Slovak Construction Output Grows in July 

Construction output in Slovakia grew 3% year-on-year in July, following a 2.3% gain in the previous month, data from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Tuesday. It was the highest reading since February,

Published: 
Thursday, September 14, 2023

Slovak Industrial Output Shrinks in July

Industrial production in Slovakia shrank 5.3% year-on-year in July, shifting from a 3.6% increase in the previous month, the Bratislava-based Central Statistical Office (SÚSR) said on Monday.

Published: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Slovakia Retail Sales Drop Less in July

Retail sales in Slovakia decreased 4.4% year-on-year in July, marking the sixth consecutive period of falling activity but easing from a 5.1% plunge in June, figures released by the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) on Wednesday show.

Published: 
Friday, September 8, 2023

Slovak Q2 GDP Growth Matches Forecasts

Slovakia's gross domestic product (GDP) was confirmed at 1.5% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2023, the highest reading in five quarters, following a 1% growth in the previous period, data from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed.

Published: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Slovakia Business Morale Less Negative in August

The industrial confidence indicator in Slovakia increased by 11.7 points from the previous month to -2.7 in August, a survey released from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) on Wednesday show.

Published: 
Friday, September 1, 2023

Slovak Economy Q2 Growth Faster Than Forecasted

Slovakia's economy expanded 1.5% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2023, surpassing market forecasts and the previous quarter's growth rate of 1%, a preliminary estimate from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Tuesday.

Published: 
Thursday, August 17, 2023

Slovakia Inflation Eases Below 10% in July

The annual inflation rate in Slovakia eased for the fifth month to 9.7% in July from 10.8% in the previous month, figures from the Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) on Monday show.

Published: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2023