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71 PERCENT OF SLOVAKS ARE PROUD OF THEIR COUNTRY

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ACCORDING to a survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in early November 2006 on a sample of 1,040 respondents, 71 percent of Slovaks are proud of Slovakia and everything that it has achieved since it became independent in 1993.

ACCORDING to a survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in early November 2006 on a sample of 1,040 respondents, 71 percent of Slovaks are proud of Slovakia and everything that it has achieved since it became independent in 1993.

In a similar survey carried out in 2003, only 49 percent of respondents gave the same answer, the Sme daily wrote

According to IVO analyst Zora Bútorová, this positive attitude towards Slovakia is the result of an improved economic performance, rising wages, a falling unemployment rate, and the strengthening of the Slovak crown.

"People now view their own economic situation and Slovakia's membership in the EU more positively," she said.

Historian Dušan Kováč said that pride is growing thanks to the improved status of Slovakia abroad. At the same time, he said, people are now able to look back on the break-up of the former Czechoslovakia with more detachment.

The survey also revealed that people in all social groups are prouder of Slovakia. The feeling is most marked among those with a university education (80 percent), entrepreneurs (84 percent), and people working in the service sector (81 percent).

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