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Office of Foreign Slovaks opens

MEMBERS of Parliament approved a plan on September 23 to set up a special Office for Foreign Slovaks, which will take charge of Slovak nationals living outside the country, the SITA news agency reported. The new office will replace the general secretariat for foreign Slovaks at the Cabinet Office.

The government will appoint the chairman of the new office. Apart from other tasks, the office will contribute to the shaping of policy towards Slovaks living abroad.

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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