Slovakia

Area: 49.035 km²

Population: 5.412.254

Density: 110/km²

Population in the urban areas: 58,5%

Birth rate: 10,1‰

Mortality rate: 8,9‰

Infant mortality rate: 7,5‰

Life expectancy: 74,5

Capital: Bratislava, 455.761

Government: Parliamentary republic

President: Andrej Kiska

Prime Minister: Robert Fico

Foreign relations : Member of Council of Europe, EBRD, ONU, OCSE, OSCE, EU

Currency: Euro

Official language: Slovakian

Religion: Roman Catholics 68,9%, Protestants 6,9%, Greek Rite Catholics di rito greco 4,1%

Ethnic groups: Slovaks 80,7%, Hungarians 8,5%, Czechs 0,6%, Ruthenians 0,6%, Ukrainians 0,1%, others 7,5%

Main trade union: KOZ SR (Konfederácia Odborových Zväzov Slovenskej Republiky, Confederation of the Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic)

Steps towards EU membership

June 27, 1995                                         Membership application

Dec. 10, 1999-Dec. 13, 2002            Membership negociations

February 19, 2003                                The European Commission approves the application

April 14, 2003                                         The Council of Europe approves the application

April 16, 2003                                         Signation of the Accession Treaty

May 17, 2003                                          Membership approval by referendum

May 1, 2004                                             EU membership

Dec. 12, 2007                                          Accession to the Schengen Area

June 21, 2008                                         The Council of Europe authorizes the adoption of the Euro

January 1, 2009                                     Adoption of the euro

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