English Listening Activity: Slovakia

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Slovakia is a small nation in central Europe. The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava. Slovakia borders with Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. Slovakia has approximately, 5.4 million citizens. Slovak is the official language of Slovakia.

Slovakia adopted its constitution on January 1st, 1993 when it separated from Czechoslovakia. Slovaks value education and the government spends about ten percent of the annual budget on education. Slovakia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion and historically Slovaks are quite religious; with about 70% of the population being Catholic. Women have equal according to law. Most women work outside of the home.

Many tourists come to ski and hike in Slovakia. 65% of the annual GDP of Slovakia comes from tourism and the service industry.

Soccer is the most popular sport in Slovakia. Ice Hockey is also popular in the winter months.

In 2009, Slovakia started using the Euro. Raising costs and unemployment continue to be a major concern in Slovakia.

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