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Number of ethnic Slovaks showed significant fall in last year's census

The results of the 2011 census showed that the proportion of Slovakia’s citizens who described their nationality as Slovak posted a big fall compared to the last census in 2001, Slovak Statistics Office spokesman Marián Jánošík said, as reported by the TASR newswire on Tuesday, July 24.

The results of the 2011 census showed that the proportion of Slovakia’s citizens who described their nationality as Slovak posted a big fall compared to the last census in 2001, Slovak Statistics Office spokesman Marián Jánošík said, as reported by the TASR newswire on Tuesday, July 24.

The number of people who declared themselves to be of Slovak nationality reached 4,614,854 in 2001, which represented 85.8 percent of the population, according to the Statistics Office's website. Last year, only 80.7 percent did the same. By contrast, the nationalities that saw the biggest increase in numbers were Roma, Rusyns, Czech/Moravian/Silesians and Poles. Out of a total of 5,397,036 Slovak citizens, 8.5 percent claimed to be of Hungarian and 2 percent of Roma nationality. When it comes to religious affiliation, 62 percent said they were members of the Roman Catholic Church, while 5.9 percent said that they belonged to the Protestant Evangelical Church and 3.8 percent identified as Greek Catholic.

Source: TASR

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