country code: SK
EU membership: yes
NATO membership: yes
GPS: 48 40 N, 19 30 E
European Union Euro: EUR
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Travel advices and warnings Slovakia
||Most people spend their free time in Slovakia on one of three activities: outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and architectural sightseeing. All age groups enjoy all three of these at many different levels - and, at the top level, Slovakia can compare with the best in Europe and the world.
||Arts and culture centre in the capital city of Bratislava, but locals and visitors alike enjoy performances and galleries in even the smallest of towns.
Performance of traditional folk music is especially abundant. Many towns and cities have their own theatre companies and classical music concerts. Dance, especially ballet, and opera are generally found only in the largest cities, and this is also the case with jazz and other live music. Musical theatre performances and ballet and opera companies are based in the two largest cities, Bratislava and Kosice.
Graphic arts are of course displayed in a number of museums, the largest being the National Gallery in Bratislava. Often, though, the most interesting work appears in Slovakia's many private galleries and other exhibition spaces.
||Most towns have historic churches, and many of these have features of special signicance. For those seeking a truly eastern European experience, the centuries-old, still-functioning wooden churches of northeastern Slovakia are one of the country’s greatest treasures, though they are hard to reach.
The other significant historical influence came from Slovakia's role as an essentially underling nation for centuries. Wealth never accumulated here as it did in nearby centres such as Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow or even Kiev. Therefore the ornate "old town" sections of Slovak cities are more compact, though no less beautiful - in fact, many travellers find sightseeing more digestible in Slovakia, as the ornamentation is not so overwhelming.
For a quick but memorable architectural experience, check out almost any town square. Some of them (such as Bardejov and Banska Stiavnica) have UNESCO cultural heritage certification and big reputations, but most old town squares have some unique and well-restored aspects of beauty.
||Slovak cuisine varies slightly, though sometimes dramatically, from region to region. It was influenced by the traditional cuisine of its neighbours and it influenced these as well. The origins of traditional Slovak cuisine can be traced to times when the majority of the population lived in villages, in self-sustenance, with very limited food imports and exports and with no modern means of food preservation or processing. This gave rise to a cuisine heavily dependent on a number of staple foods that could stand the hot summers and cold winters. These included wheat, potatoes, milk and milk products, pork meat, sauerkraut and onion. To a lesser degree beef, poultry, lamb and goat, eggs, a few other local vegetables, fruit and wild mushrooms were traditionally eaten. All these were usually produced and processed by families themselves with some local trade at the country markets. Wheat was ground, and bread, dumplings and noodles were made from it. Potatoes were mostly boiled or processed into potato dough. Milk was processed into a wide range of products such as butter, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, and various types of cheese etc.
||Although Slovakia is not a large country, the weather can be quite different in the montainous North and in the plain South. Generally, the climate is relatively continental with almost no extremes below minimal -20°C (-4°F) or above maximal +37°C (+99°F).
The following table indicates the values in degrees Fahrenheit for different values in degrees Celsius. Generally, the following formula applies for the conversion : temp_in_F = temp_in_C x 9 / 5 + 32 and temp_in_C = (temp_in_F - 32) x 5 / 9. It is useful also for our weather information on the news page: www. slovensko. com/news/
||Slovak ( slovenský jazyk (help·info), slovenčina, not to be confused with slovenski jezik or slovenščina, the native name of the Slovene language), is an Indo-European language that belongs to the West Slavic languages (together with Czech, Polish, Silesian, Kashubian, and Sorbian).