Business

Employee benefit packages evolving

Trends include so-called “healthy” benefits combining work and private life.

Sport

AS Trenčín, owned by former Ajax player, wins the national football league

A BIT surprisingly the football club AS Trenčín owned by the former professional footballer, Dutch Tscheu La Ling, has won the national league, breaking up the six-year dominance of Slovan and Žilina, the two…

Business

Váhostav’s restructuring plan allegedly approved

WHILE courts decided over the restructuring plan of Váhostav-SK, an ill-fated construction company owing millions of euros to its creditors and on the brink of bankruptcy, by the deadline of May 22, the verdict will…

International

President Kiska supported EU enlargement in Riga

SLOVAKIA fully supports the enlargement of the European Union, Slovak President Andrej Kiska said at the Eastern Partnership and EU summit in Riga, Latvia. He added that the vision of possible EU membership is…

Culture & lifestyle

The rise and fall of Slovak castles

NOWADAYS Slovakia is recognised as the world leader in car production per capita. What is less well known is that this country also has the highest number of castles per person.

Business

Gender pay gap remains a problem

SLOVAK women earn 20 percent less than men on average, a statistic that is worse than the European Union average, and part of a global trend that Pope Francis recently called a “pure scandal”.

Culture & lifestyle

World Music from Slovakia project to introduce top ensembles

WORLD music may not be the most-mainstream genre in Slovakia but folklore has strong roots here and many top local musicians were either directly inspired by it, or have played with it, making a more modern fusion…

Business

Living up to promises

MORE than 20 years after the regime change, critical corporate issues still prevent companies in the central and eastern Europe (CEE) region from becoming more competitive,

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Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh

TWO young Slovak students, Martin Holický and Daniel Zvara, have succeeded in the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the largest international science competition of secondary school…

Karol Mitrík (R) takes over as NKÚ head from hands of Parliamentary Speaker Peter Pellegrini

Poll: NKÚ head Mitrík is a representative of Smer, not opposition

THE RECENTLY appointed head of the Supreme Audit Office(NKÚ), Karol Mitrík, is a representative of the ruling Smer party. This is the answer of 48.9 percent of respondents in a poll of the Polis Slovakia agency.

Most Slovaks left from Prešov Region

RECENTLY, many Slovaks, especially those who fail to find jobs at home, tend to go abroad. 


Some 36,000 Slovaks study abroad.

Many Slovaks still migrate for work

They may be motivated to return.

Fair presented more than 26,000 jobs

THE FIFTH year of Slovakia’s largest job fair JobExpo 2015, featuring 140 Slovak and more than 20 foreign employers with more than 26,000 job vacancies, was concluded at the Agrokomplex exhibition site in Nitra at…

Strike alert announced at PSA Peugeot Citroen Trnava

Union at PSA Peugeot Citroen Trnava announces strike alert

THE TRADE union at the PSA Peugeot Citroen plant in Trnava announced May 22 that it was going into strike alert as of noon on the same day following the failure of a mediator from the Labour, Social Affairs and the…


Before you drink, make a toast.

4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia

Alcohol plays a significant role in the culture of Slovakia, from wine sampling in private cellars to knocking back shots on the morning after a wedding. Some of the local drinking customs, however, could leave you…

The TSS team in 2010: from left,bottom row: Jana Liptáková, Beata Balogová, Ján Pallo, Zuzana Vilikovská; top row: Donald Spatz, Tatiana Štrauchová, Marta Fukasová, Michaela Terenzani, Roman Král, Martina Mišíková, Dáša Košútová, Beata Fojtíková, James Thomson

More independent thought and self-confidence for Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator has been covering the development of Slovakia for two decades now. On the occasion of the celebration of its 20th anniversary it surveyed its founder, head of the Petit Press publishing house as…

Karol Mitrík, new head of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ)

Shame on Frešo; shame on us

There are so many reasons why Karol Mitrík is unsuitable as the new director of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) that this short space will suffice only to scratch the surface.  


Slovak aid to Nepal remains grounded

THOUGH three weeks have passed since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the government is still struggling to transport six tons of humanitarian aid to the stricken country because Slovak airplanes are not able to…

Presidents: Slovak (L) Andrej Kiska and Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko.

Kiska: Slovakia will never recognise Crimea annexation

SLOVAKIA will never recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea, the country’s president Andrej Kiska said after meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during his official visit to Kiev on May 20.

New howitzer may spur armaments production

THE NEW lightweight mobile EVA howitzer is the next step in recovering the armaments industry in Slovakia, said Defence Minister Martin Glváč. 


Levoča altar renovated

Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour

MASTER Pavol was a world-renowned sculptor and carver; his altar in Levoča, the tallest Gothic altar in the world, has been reconstructed after almost three years of work.

Crocos in Košice zoo

Košice Zoo won an award for crocodile breeding

THE ZOO from Košice succeeded in a competition of Czech and Slovak zoos, for the best breeding of 2014.

Drahovská kosa scything competition

Drahovská kosa opened the season of scything competitions

IN MID May, the season of competitions in a traditional but outdated skill, scything, was opened by the Drahovská kosa (Meaning Drahovce Scythe) event.


Miroslav Šatan as the world championship in the Czech Republic, looking into future

Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship

AFTER it hosted the IIHF World Championship in 2011, Slovakia will again organise this ice hockey event in 2019.

Richard Lintner announcing his candidacy

Former player Lintner to run for hockey association presidency

FORMER long-time member of the Slovak ice-hockey national team Richard Lintner is to run for the Slovak Ice Hockey Association (SZĽH) presidency at the association’s congress next month.

Winner Pf Tour of California, Peter Sagan

Sagan wins Tour of California

PETER Sagan, Slovak racing cyclist, won the Tour of California 2015 on May 17, after a dramatic finish decided by two seconds.