Culture & lifestyle

Spa towns offer a healing experience

MUCH has been written about the difference between travellers and tourists. 


Sagan won his fourth green jersey in the Tour de France, finished 46th overall

SLOVAK cycling racer Peter Sagan won the points competition at the Tour de France 2015, earning his fourth green jersey, in his fourth ride at the legendary cycling race.


Fico: No debt relief for Greece

PRIME Minister Robert Fico is reiterating that Slovakia would not agree with any debt relief for Greece, even as the International Monetary Fund has opined that Greek debt remains unsustainable.


Hikers must pay big money to climb Gerlach

GROUPS of three hikers need to pay a total of around €200 to get to the top of Slovakia’s highest mountain, Gerlach, in the High Tatra mountains because they are not allowed to do this without a mountain guide, the…

Politics & society

Education Minister: Keep paramilitary groups out of schools

EDUCATION Minister Juraj Draxler has asked school principals to be more careful about the activities that they allow on school premises in response to military-related activities run by paramilitary organisation,…


Government to house refugees in Gabčíkovo

THE SLOVAK government remains reluctant to take in refugees within the proposed European schemes and has recently conceded to accept 100 people from Syria under the condition they are Christians, but has agreed to…


Slovakia and migrants

FICO’S rejection of refugee quotas hurts Slovakia, not the migrants who don’t want to come here in the first place.


EU crisis is not about Greece

THE EUROPEAN Union has frequently, and justifiably, faced criticism for its “democratic deficit”.

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The hot weather increases danger of fire.

Slovakia suffers under intense heat

SLOVAKIA and its citizens have been suffering under the second wave of hot weather during July. While Monday brought  moderate relief, meteorologists forecast that hot weather with temperatures above 30 degrees…

Slovaks are seeking ways to cool off.

Record heat wave tests infrastructure, patience

THE AVERAGE temperature in Slovakia is gradually increasing and this summer has been accompanied by droughts, with June recorded as the driest month in 115 years.

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Quote of the week

“… we will wash them, feed them, and prepare them…”

Average salary now €929 per month

PEOPLE in Slovakia earned an average of €929 per month in the first half of the year, with the highest earnings seen in Bratislava Region (€1,283), according to an online survey on the website that gathered…

PM Robert Fico and Finance Minister Peter Kažimír

Finance Ministry announced public administration budget proposal for next three years

BOTH budget revenues and expenditures are projected to drop next year, according to the Finance Ministry’s outline of the public administration budget for the next three years unveiled on July 23.

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Just 27 percent of Slovaks happy with their salary

MORE than two-thirds of Slovaks believe that their salary is too low, while only 27 percent of Slovaks are satisfied with their pay, according to a recent survey by the STEM/MARK agency for HomeCredit released on…

Calling a taxi if you don't speak Slovak is quite a challenge.

Blog: Hop on a taxi in the street - and pay more

THE EXPERIENCE of getting a taxi without calling the cab company first probably ranks among the first mistakes anyone new to Bratislava will make.  

Let's not allow ethnic conflicts to spread in Europe

THIS month the world remembers one of the horrors of Europe’s recent history – the slaughter twenty years ago of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica. The Srebrenica massacre was the…

Digital revolution supports our growth

We are experiencing a revolution equal in scale to any previous industrial revolution.

Finance Minister Peter Kažimír

Greece submits diplomatic protest against Kažimír’s comments

SLOVAK Finance Minister Peter Kažimír’s comments on Twitter concerning the results of July 13 talks of eurozone leaders on providing the third bailout to Greece have outraged the Greek government, which has…

ECHR ruling may pave way for registered same sex partnerships

THE EUROPEAN Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that same sex couples deserve equal rights, and Slovak human rights group argue that existing national law thus runs contrary to the ruling. 

Robert Kaliňák (l) and Johanna Mikl-Leitner

Slovakia to take refugees from Austria

INTERIOR Minister Robert Kaliňák and his Austrian counterpart Johanna Mikl-Leitner signed a memorandum based on which Slovakia will temporarily accept 500 asylum seekers from the Traiskirchen refugee camp. 

Auction in SOGA, illustrative stock photo

Slovak auction house sold original bust by Bernini

THE INVALUABLE work by Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) the “Pope’s Bust”was sold for its appraised value, with everyone – except for the buyer – taking it for a copy.

Eva Kmentová: Ľudské vajce / Human Egg, 1968. SNG, Bratislava

Female sculptors have their say at SNG

SCULPTING is not a skill historically associated with women, but the current exhibition in the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) explores this phenomenon on the works, studies, life and careers of Slovak and Czech (and…

Nová Baňa church made from Lego bricks.

Nova Baňa town hall built of 40,000 Lego bricks

AN EXHIBITION that presents replicas of Nová Baňa buildings made from legos can be seen in the local Pohronské (i.e. Hron-region) Museum. A replica of the town-hall required 40,000 legos.

The state of construction works on Tehelné Pole in March.

Government still lacks documents about stadium construction

THE EDUCATION Ministry started searching for an advisor who should carry out an audit of the project concerning construction of the National Football Stadium, which should stand in Tehelné Pole (Bratislava’s New…

Marián Hossa

NHL stars to play ball-hockey exhibition in Dubnica

THE RECENTLY opened fitness club FitFabrik in Dubnica nad Vahom in Trenčín Region will host a charity ball-hockey tournament on July 26, with participation of several National Hockey League (NHL) stars.

Sagan finished second, for the fifth time

SLOVAK CYCLIST Peter Sagan ended the 16th stage of the Tour de France on July 20 again in second place and increased his lead in the battle for the green jersey to 89 points.