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ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Unemployment drops to 12.8 % in October

The unemployment rate in Slovakia was 12.8 percent at the end of October, a 0.1 percent decline from September and a 0.84 percent increase compared to October 1996. Of the 334,327 people unemployed, 21.94 percent were receiving unemployment benefits, a 1.15 percent increase over September.

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The Bratislava airport has competition in Vienna

The airport in Vienna, only about 60 kilometres from the Slovak capital, gains 17 new low-cost airliner flights.

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Surcharges for night, weekend and holiday work will go up in two phases

Social partners agree upon a compromise solution.

Royal chocolate made by Slovak Photo

Some of the chocolate art pieces are decorated with gold or silver.

Giving a voice to those unheard

The Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.