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Banks show record profits in first half of year

The country's largest bank, Slovenská sporiteľňa (SLSP), made a record gross profit of 2.6 billion Slovak crowns ($52 million) in the first half of 2001, while the second largest bank, Všeobecná úverová banka (VÚB), grossed a record 2.8 billion crowns ($56 million) in the same period.

Both banks have been privatised in the last eight months; Slovenská sporiteľňa in December 2000 to Austrian Erste Bank, and VÚB to Italian bank IntesaBci in June 2001.

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LGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s minds

Bratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions,…

Slovakia’s LGBTI community seeks to expand their rights.

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On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

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