Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

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.

Top stories

Famous books on totalitarianism popular in Slovakia too

Internet bookstores have recorded an increased interest in books exploring totalitarian regimes, including demanding theoretical works.

George Orwell in Slovak bookstores

It takes nuts to help Kenyans

Slovakia has provided more than €10 million to the Kenyan people since 2005.

Muruku slum in Naorobi

Lack of experts challenges ICT sector

To maintain the competitiveness, the Slovak government must support digitising the economy and take a positive stance towards the ICT sector, according to experts.

Illustrative stock photo

Our exit from the EU will not weaken our links

The UK has no intention of undermining the stability of the EU, nor do we want to become more distant to our European neighbours, including those here in Slovakia, the ambassador writes.

Flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London.