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Capital: BratislavaArea: 49,035 sq kmPopulation: 5.4 millionCurrency: euroEarnings in the business economy (average gross annual earnings of full-time employees): €10,100Employment rate: 54.5% (second quarter 2012)Unemployment rate: 13.6% (second quarter 2012)Inflation rate: 4.1% (2011)GDP per capita in PPS: 73 (2011)Real GDP growth rate: 3.2% (2011)Real GDP growth rate: 2.6% (forecast for 2012)

Capital: Bratislava
Area: 49,035 sq km
Population: 5.4 million
Currency: euro
Earnings in the business economy (average gross annual earnings of full-time employees): €10,100
Employment rate: 54.5% (second quarter 2012)
Unemployment rate: 13.6% (second quarter 2012)
Inflation rate: 4.1% (2011)
GDP per capita in PPS: 73 (2011)
Real GDP growth rate: 3.2% (2011)
Real GDP growth rate: 2.6% (forecast for 2012)

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Historically first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tender

Former construction ministers of the SNS party have received years in prison for the scandal surrounding the infamous bulletin-board tender. The other three defendants, ministry officers, have been acquitted.

L-R: Marian Janušek is ianugurated as replacing Igor Štefanov in post of construction minister, April 2009.

Refurbishment of Trnavské Mýto has started

The facelift of the underpass crossing should be completed by summer. Fate of nearby Istropolis still not known

Reconstruction of Trnavské Mýto underpass started.

Europe will continue fighting dual quality products

The recent Bratislava summit raised some suggestions on solving the problem, but it will be a long process.

Yeme grocery store in Bratislava.

The chairman of the committee tasked to improve tax returns has problems himself

The newly set-up committee meant to prepare a law on the more detailed property disclosures of politicians is headed by ex-minister Martin Glváč from Smer, who is refusing to publish details of his assets.

L-R: Martin Glváč and Andrej Danko