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UN says life in Slovakia pretty good

The United Nations Development Project (UNDP) has ranked Slovakia in 36th place out of 173 countries on its Human Development Index, which compares lifespan, education and standard of living in nations across the world.

In regional terms, Slovakia was slightly behind the Czech Republic (33rd) and Hungary (35th) but ahead of Poland.

Norway was ranked the most developed nation, followed by Sweden and Canada. Sierra Leone was at the bottom of the heap, among a list of low-ranking African nations.

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Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska

Arca Capital enters the banking sector

Czech and Slovak financial group acquires a majority share in Austrian private bank Wiener Privatbank.

Bank, illustrative stock photo

Ryanair cancels some flights from and to Bratislava

The Irish low-cost airline publishes full list of cancellations

Irish budget airline Ryanair is believed to be cancelling up to 50 flights every day over the next six weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.