Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Flats are as expensive as new houses

The price of flats in Bratislava has risen so much over recent years that it is now cheaper to build a house than buy a flat, although red tape slows down getting building permission and many applications are unsuccessful, the daily SME reports.

Transparency International (TI) said that the whole state administration is rife with corruption, and processing building permits is no exception. TI believes that the corruption will be reduced under a new system, whereby local communities rather than regional offices process applications.

According to Statistics Office figures, there are a million houses in Slovakia, of which approximately 170,000, including holiday homes, are not permanently inhabited. They have an average age of 40 years.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness