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Letter from the Publisher

The 10th edition of of our annual Book of Lists is now out and will help you to be informed and aware of the significant players and events in Slovakia. Making the business environment and our country more transparent and intelligible remains The Slovak Spectator’s core mission. The main part of this year’s edition are the Table section, with over 1,000 state, embassy and company contacts; and the Almanac section, with an overview of the most important events of the year in the political and economic spheres.

The 10th edition of of our annual Book of Lists is now out and will help you to be informed and aware of the significant players and events in Slovakia. Making the business environment and our country more transparent and intelligible remains The Slovak Spectator’s core mission. The main part of this year’s edition are the Table section, with over 1,000 state, embassy and company contacts; and the Almanac section, with an overview of the most important events of the year in the political and economic spheres.

The publication team, led by myself and Beata Balogová, has prepared overviews in more than 60 categories with detailed information about companies and institutions, their structures, focus and leading manage them. Categories with detailed tables cover areas ranging from state and public administration, through industry, to the financial sector and the sector of services and tourism. The Almanac section includes a chronology of the most important events that took place in Slovakia in 2008 about which youchould definitely be informed.

The new design of the publication was prepared by Martin Vančo, the art director of the Petit Press publishing house. The latest edition can be purchased via our online shop.

Book of Lists 2009 is a publication that always comes out with the each year's last edition of The Slovak Spectator, symbolically leading us into the next year. The next issue of The Slovak Spectator weekly will be available on 12 January 2009 and throughout next year our team will do its best to keep you informed about news in Slovakia.

I wish you an enjoyable and prosperous read.

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