Slovakia, officially named the Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe with a population of over five million and an area
of about 49,000 square
kilometres. The largest
city is Bratislava,
Slovakia is divided into 8 regions, each of which is named after its regional capital. The regions are subdivided into many districts. In the past, Slovakia had 79 districts, which are no longer part of the official administrative system, but the country has maintained them for different purposes.
In terms of economy and unemployment rate, the western regions are more prosperous than the east. Slovakia is best known for its pistine nature in the countryside: mountains make up two-thirds of its land, 40 percent of which is covered by forests.
The region of Bratislava is the country's smallest in terms of area, but its most densely settled and urbanised, with 296 inhabitants per square kilometre, about three times the Slovak average. Bratislava, the capital, had a population of 426,091, or 70 percent of the total inhabitants of the region. The Bratislava region is bordered by the Danube to the south and the Morava to the west. It consists of the Záhorie lowlands in the far west of the country and the Podunajská nížina (Danube lowlands) towards the Hungarian south, divided by the heavily forested Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathian mountains) range.
The south-west Trnava region is a strangely shaped body of land that encloses Bratislava region and borders on the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary. It is the second smallest region after Bratislava, and the smallest in terms of area.
The south-central Nitra region is Slovakia's agricultural heartland. Flatter and warmer than the rest of the country, its soil and terrain are best suited to farming.
The north-west Žilina region is a rugged area that borders on the Czech Republic and Poland. It includes no fewer than seven mountain ranges: the Tatry and Nízke tatry (Tatras and the Low Tatras), the Veľká and Malá Fatra (Greater and Lesser Fatras), the Chočské vrchy (Choč Mountains), the Javorníky and the Strážovské vrchy (Strážov Mountains). The region is also dominated by national parks
Banská Bystrica region, the country's largest in terms of area, lies in the southern part of Central Slovakia. With its extensive forests and hilly terrain, it is the least densely settled region.
The north-east Prešov region is Slovakia's most physically spectacular, but poor and sparsely settled as well. It borders on Poland and Ukraine, and contains five national parks. Less than half of the inhabitants of the region live in urban settings.
Košice region is a largely flat and poor area in the southeast of Slovakia bordering on Ukraine and Hungary. With a population of 773,000, it is the second largest region while with about one third of the total inhabitants of the region, the capital Košice is Slovakia's second largest city and is the industrial anchor of the east of the country.
The north-west Trenčín region is a relatively wealthy and developed part of Slovakia, bordering on the Czech Republic. It is hilly but not rugged, and has an unusually high (55 percent) proportion of inhabitants employed in industry, making it the second most heavily industrialised region after Bratislava.
The investment group, Proxenta, has presented the final view of its 13-floor tower block at Račianske mýto. The project, called the Proxenta Residence, includes offices and flats. Sales are due to start in September although advance sales will be available this summer. Construction started at the beginning of this year and should be completed by the end of 2018, Reality Etrend wrote.
Construction work along Kazanská street, the main road of the Podunajské Biskupice area of Bratislava city, is slowly nearing completion. The Valerián complex is under-going its final control checks a year after the Eco House project was finished. It comprises of two, eight-floor blocks of flats (sixty-four residences in total) connected by shops and underground garages, Reality Trend wrote.
Project work by 13 students from the Architecture Faculty at the Slovak Technical University of Bratislava has resulted in new visions and uses for the Miletička market area. http://www.fa.stuba.sk/sk/ustavy/ustav-urbanizmu-a-uzemneho-planovania/aktivity-a-aktuality-ustavu/nova-tvar-mileticky.html?page_id=6474
A new residential project is planned for the free estate on Paulínska street in the centre of Trnava. Two five-floor blocks will go up, covering an area of 2,400 square metres, Reality Trend wrote.
The popularity of cottages, holiday houses and apartments is again increasing in Slovakia. Typical buyers are small families with children who have settled down and older couples searching for free time activities, informed nehnutelnosti.sk portal.
The Konopná Residence Company plans to build a new residential complex in the locality of Prievoz in the Ružinov part of the capital. It should be finished by 2020.