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No summer holiday for 34 percent

AS MANY as 34 percent of Slovaks do not take a summer holiday at all, according to a new GfK poll. The main reason for foregoing a break is a lack of money, the Pravda daily reported.

The poll also showed that there are major regional differences in terms of holidaymaking.

In Bratislava, only 15.2 percent of respondents said they did not take a summer holiday at all, while this was the case with 42.7 percent of respondents living in the Košice region.

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Slovak Christmas - traditional and new Photo

A chain around the table legs and waiting for a golden pig. Some old Christmas traditions survive to this day and others have disappeared.

Culture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of Smer

His replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič

Peace, joy and good cheer pack a punch in the streets of Bratislava and its regions. Wassail! Photo

As well as the city centre, individual boroughs are hosting Christmas markets this year; the nearby Schloss Hof is offering a Christmas programme too.

Christmas atmosphere on Hviezdoslavovo square

Sledging run opens in the High Tatras Photo

The sledge track will be 2.5 kilometres long, all the way from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec.

Hrebienok-Starý Smokovec sledge ride