Though they both formerly lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ethnic Slovaks living in Serbia now have a different life, says Ivan Hansman, a 50-years-old director from Vojvodina, Serbia. Hansman left his country after the civil war in Yugoslavia started in 1991 saying “We had to fire on our friends or those friends had to fire on us. It was absurd.” Slovakia is his new home.

Video made by journalism students who discovered Slovakia for the 19th edition of Spectacular Slovakia , the annual travel guide published by the English-language weekly The Slovak Spectator.

This project was also made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Journalism Department of Comenius University, tv.sme and support of the Slovak Tourist Board (SACR) and Orange Slovensko.

The 18th edition of Spectacular Slovakia with focus on Bratislava is on sale via the online shop or