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ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Unemployment rate declines

Slovakia's unemployment rate declined to 12.96 percent at the end of April, down by 0.48 points from March, the Labor Office reported. The number of unemployed declined by 12,478 to 337,180, the report noted, adding that there are 12 applicants for every job opening. The highest unemployment was seen in the Košice region (17.67 percent) and in the Rimavská Sobota district (27.96 percent), while the lowest was in Bratislava. The number of those receiving unemployment benefits declined in April as well to 26.04 percent of all unemployment.

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Keep your passport at hand on your trip to Austria

There are no internal border controls on the Austrian-Slovak border. Yet, the Austrian police check cars and buses heading to Slovakia.

Slovak police checking cars at the border crossing in Berg, Austria.

Bratislava ice stadium will require €2 million

At the same time, its tenant, ice hockey club Slovan, owes some €1 million in rent.

The Ondrej Nepela ice-hockey stadium during 2011 ice hockey world championship.

Who do Slovaks marry the most among foreigners?

Mixed marriages are still quite rare among Slovaks compared to elsewhere in the EU. Slovak women are more likely to marry foreigners than Slovak men. Here is why.

Italy points to “illegal state aid” as Embraco announces relocation to Slovakia

The decision to shift production follows in the footsteps of US conglomerate Honeywell, which reportedly also plans to close its Italian plant and move to Slovakia.

Embraco plant in Spišská Nová Ves