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July: The top business stories of 2011

Government announces sale of heating plants. The Slovak government approves the privatisation of six state-owned central heating plants in Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Martin, Zvolen and Košice, with 5 percent of the shares to be transferred to the municipalities. The privatisation is halted after the fall of the Radičová government in October.

Government announces sale of heating plants. The Slovak government approves the privatisation of six state-owned central heating plants in Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Martin, Zvolen and Košice, with 5 percent of the shares to be transferred to the municipalities. The privatisation is halted after the fall of the Radičová government in October.

O2 launches 3G data network. Telefónica Slovakia, the most recent entrant to Slovakia’s mobile telephone market, officially launches data services on its own 3G network that covers 30 percent of the Slovak population, with plans to increase it to 50 percent by the fall of 2012. Telefónica Slovakia, which uses the O2 brand, entered the Slovak market in 2006 and had more than 1 million customers in the first half of 2011.

Law curbs photovoltaic plants. A new law initiated by the Economy Ministry takes effect that curbs subsidies for solar power stations in order to halt a boom in construction of these large facilities on arable land and objections by end-users to higher electricity prices due to the subsidies to the solar power industry. The new law restricts feed-in tariff subsidies only to small solar power stations with an installed capacity of less than 100 kW mounted on roofs or walls of existing buildings. Over 800 solar facilities with an aggregate installed capacity of 478 MW are operating in Slovakia by mid 2011.

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.

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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