European Union Immigration: Slovakia

Slovakia is located in eastern central Europe. It borders to the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. The northern half of the country includes the Carpathian Mountains and the High Tatras. In the southern part however, we find the lowlands of the Danube plain. Slovakia’s economy’s most important areas in 2012 were industry (27.0 %), wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (22.3 %) and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (13.3 %). Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland make up main important export partners for Slovakia. For import they mainly use Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia.

Capital
Bratislava
Geographical size
49 036 km2
Population
5 404 322 (2012)
Population as % of total EU population
1.1% (2012)
GDP
€ 71.096 billion (2012)
Official EU language(s)
Slovak
Political system
Parliamentary republic
EU member country since
1 May 2004
Seats in the European Parliament
13
Currency
Eurozone member since 1 January 2009
Schengen area member
Yes, Schengen Area member since 21 December 2007.
Presidency of the Council
Slovakia will hold the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time in 2016.

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