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Schools again flooded with applications

OVER 100,000 students have applied for acceptance at Slovak universities, competing for 35,000 available places. Schools report that some parents attempt bribery or even extortion to have their children taken.

In Slovakia, where the percentage of people with university education is less than half the EU average, the failure of the state system to educate more applicants is regarded as a major waste of the nation's human resources potential.

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

Social partners agree upon a compromise solution.

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.

Royal chocolate made by Slovak Photo

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

Veľký Rozsutec is open, just don´t forget your climbing irons Photo

One of the most photogenic mountains in the Malá Fatra range is open in the winter, too.

Veľký Rozsutec, a photo from the mountain top.