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Slovakia gets more but shorter visits

SOME 1.5 million foreigners spent at least one night in Slovakia last year, up eight percent over 2004. However, the average length of stay was down slightly to 3-2 nights, according to the Economy Ministry.

Robert Kohlmann, president of the Slovak Association of Travel Agencies, said the figures were not encouraging, and that Slovakia was not doing enough to attract tourists from countries other than Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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News digest: High-profile arrests and discussion on reopening schools continues

PM Matovič proposes pilot testing for schools. Slovakia will have the very first Slovak ambassador to the EU.

PM Igor Matovič has stepped into the debate about opening the schools for older children.

Another former police president reportedly charged in a corruption case

NAKA charged eight former high-ranking police, SIS and Financial Administration officials.

Milan Lučanský

Matovič could have made comments about the US rather than Mongolia

I am proud of what has been achieved in Slovakia, says Billy Altansukh.

Older children will not return to schools before Christmas

PM Igor Matovič still wants some pupils to return, he proposed a pilot testing plan.

The school in Trebišov.