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Slovakia

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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PM Fico before Smer congress: I don’t want to run for president

At the party congress, vice-chairman of the ruling party, Marek Maďarič, has been replaced by Richard Raši. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place.

L-R: PM Robert Fico, outgoing Žilina governor adn Smer vice-chair Juraj Blanár, Culture Minister and resigned vice-chair Marke Maďarič, and his successor in party position, Košice Mayor Richard Raši at Decemebr 9 congress.

The increasingly rare wood grouse is being driven out of Slovakia's forests

Foresters plant too many trees in bare areas destroying the natural habitat of western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).

Wood grouse

Automation is finding its way

Autonomous vehicles and process connections through Logistics 4.0 are the biggest trends in Slovakia.

Online retailer Amazon opened its new returns centre in Sereď in mid-November.