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Slovak firms invested 3.4bn Sk abroad

The foreign investments of Slovak businesses at the end of 1996 were 3.4 billion Sk (1.7 billion Sk for 1996 alone) while foreign investments in Slovakia reached 33.7 billion Sk, the NBS reported. Last year, Slovak companies' money went mostly to trade, rubber, cellulose-paper, and gas sectors. Most of the investments were placed in the Czech Republic, Russia and Austria.

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In shallow waters, experts are expendable

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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).