a country tour introducing Slovakia Slovakia – the heart of Europe Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,429,763 people Currency: Euro € Language: Slovak landlocked country in Central Europe Bratislava – the capital city of Slovakia Population 431 000 people political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia home to several universities, museums, theatres, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions What can you see in Slovakia Slovakia features natural landscapes, mountains, lakes, ski resorts. Tallest mountain is High Tatras, with Gerlach Peak 2675m. South Slovakia has large regions of rich soil for agriculture. Nature What can you see in Slovakia Northern, west and middle Slovakian mountains are homes to beautiful 2,400 caves, with 400 being explored. Demenovska cave is most visited, 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) are open to the public. Caves What can you see in Slovakia There are about 100 castles in Slovakia. They are all repeatedly modified and reconstructed. In the past they were the centres of history and their owners controlled the life of the country and its people. Castles What can you see in Slovakia The first towns are historically and archaeologically dated to the 11th and 12th centuries. Architecture and role of the cities was affected by German settlers. The towns became the centres of trade and crafts. Now they are centres of modern life, education, fine industry... Towns What can you see in Slovakia The majority of Slovak villages were founded in the Middle Ages. The people living in them were involved in farming, forestry, fishing and these activities have influence their development and appearance. These pictures show how they looked in past. Folk Architecture Slovak traditions – cultural heritage Slovak traditional clothes, ceramic, knitting and cross stitching, egg coloring Slovak language member of the Slavic language family Hungarian is widely spoken in the southern regions and Rusyn is used in some parts of the Northeast. •Rozumiete? - Do you understand? •Mohli by ste mi prosim pomoct? Could you please help me? •Kolko to stoji? - How much is it? •Ako sa mas? - How are you? •Mam sa dobre - I am well •Zmrzlina - Ice cream. Sports Famous Slovaks Anton Bernolák Ľudovít Štúr Andrej Hlinka Štefan Banič – parachute inventor Jozef Miloslav Hurban Aurel Stodola – steam turbines Adam František Kollár Milan Hodža Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Gustáv Husák Alexander Dubček Slovakia Questions?