Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Reader feedback: Happy Meal, please

Re: Tongue-tied and twisted, Volume 11, Number 32, August 22 - 28, 2005

Have you ever tried to get permission for temporary or permanent residence in Slovakia? It makes the American system look as friendly and streamlined as ordering a Happy Meal.

Most irritating is the business with the medical tests. You have to bring a doctor's note from your home country but even though they require it, Slovakia doesn't trust it and demands that you undergo a Slovak inspection at one of a few centres in Slovakia.

They also demand that you prove ownership of huge amounts of cash before granting anything in the way of permission.

And don't get me started on how I nearly didn't get a trade licence to teach English because I couldn't PROVE that I'd lived eight years in Britain...

Bureaucratic silliness is far from one-sided.

Roger,
Žilina, Slovakia

Top stories

My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.

Harvey Weinstein

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico