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Cheap land attracts foreigners

FOREIGN farmers are increasingly interested in Slovak land and are currently working an estimated 50,000 hectares, mainly in the southwest of the country, according to the Slovak farmers union.

As a future EU member, Slovakia is an attractive investment location for Western farmers, with land prices dramatically lower than in the EU. According to 1998 figures from the Slovak Land Fund, one hectare of farm land in Slovakia costs on average 1,200 euro, compared to 52,900 euro in Luxemburg, 17,100 euro in Germany, and 9,100 euro in the UK.

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Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.

Roundup: Shoe boxes turn into Christmas gift boxes to cheer up lonely older people

People can fill and hand in their own box until December 6.

The White Night Festival takes place in Bratislava during Christmas.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.