Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Paper consumption below European level

According to the Slovak Statistical Office's (ŠÚSR) forecast, the consumption of paper and cardboard in Slovakia should increase to 564,000 tons by 2005. Consumption per capita should reach 83 kilograms in 2000 and 104 kilograms in 2005, which equals the Austrian level from 1980 or German level from 1975. The long-term leader in this sphere is the U.S. with 333 kilograms per capita annually. Current consumption in western Europe is 171 kilograms per capita. ŠÚSR also announced that investments in the Slovak paper industry are forecasted to total 45 billion Sk by the year 2010. The sector's exports are expected to range between 12 and 15 billion Sk annually in the same period.

Top stories

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).