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Influenza epidemic in slow retreat across nation

The influenza epidemic which swept Slovakia during the first two weeks of February is in retreat across most districts of Slovakia, the Health Ministry reported. Only in exceptional circumstances did the incidence increase. In the district of Namestovo, in the region of Žilina, respiratory diseases have risen by 70% from mid-February.

The fall in the number of infections is in part attributed to spring school-vacation or other flu holidays called at schools across the county as the crisis spread.

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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

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

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).