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Slovakia a regional leader in ad spending growth

SLOVAKIA's advertising spending grew by 23 percent in 2005, putting it in the lead among the four Central European Visegrad states. Hungary and Poland's spending growth did not exceed 15 percent, while the Czech Republic saw just 3 percent growth.

According to the TNS agency, the local telecom sector is driving the advertising market in Slovakia, the SME daily wrote.

Slovakia's biggest advertiser was telecommunications operator T-Mobile, which spent more than €55 million (Sk2 billion) on its campaigns. Its market competitor, Orange Slovensko, spent €41 million on ads, while fixed-line operator Slovak Telecom invested €26 million.

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In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

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In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).