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School disrepair reaches critical

OF SLOVAKIA'S 3,500 elementary and secondary schools, 3,000 are considered to be in poor physical condition, forcing school administrators to seek sponsors and rent facilities to raise funds for repair.

Many schools have also been handed over from central state to municipal control this fall with heavy debts for utility services. As a result, 51 schools in the Nitra region have had phone lines cut off by the Slovak Telecom monopoly, while another 37 have had outgoing calls blocked.

Schools around the country have also had natural gas supplies cut off, and local governments are trying desperately to pay down debts and restore delivery before the winter arrives.

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How the national emblem appeared – including so far secret communism designs

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is…

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Bratislava Zoo will have new wolf breeding station

One of most significant investments of the Bratislava Zoo in the year 2017 will be the building of a new wolf breeding station.

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Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

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Some food really is better in Austria, study finds

EC says its role is to monitor safety, not quality – but Slovaks want the same as Austrians, says minister.

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