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Fewer Slovaks living abroad

THE NUMBER of Slovaks living abroad fell by fifty percent over the last decade, recently released estimates suggest.

While statistics from 1991 showed that there were about 2.6 million Slovaks in various countries throughout the world, embassies and national groups estimated in 2001 that the number of Slovaks living outside Slovakia was 1.28 million, the daily SME has reported.

The statistics are part of a document published by the General Secretariat of the cabinet's plenipotentiary for foreign Slovaks. It is not known what caused the massive decline in Slovaks living abroad, but the majority of them, about 820,000, live in the US.

Slovak national communities are registered in 33 states around the world, including the neighbouring Czech Republic, where 183,749 people reported Slovak nationality in the most recent national census.

Serbia and Montenegro have 59,021 Slovaks, while 50,860 live in Canada, 17,693 in Hungary, and 4,712 in Croatia.

Worldwide, there are 224 registered associations and clubs of foreign Slovaks, 112 various publications and other news media, 193 traditional dance groups and theatres, and 98 schools, libraries, archives, museums, and galleries.

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