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.
A new shopping centre at the Senica Retail Park was opened a few days ago by the development group VIWO. It sits alongside pre-existing retailers such as Kaufland, Family Centre, hobbi and Tanker.
Reality Trend reported that Park One, the fully occupied administrative building at the corner of 1. Máj Square and Kollárovo Square in the centre of Bratislava, was sold by its Luxembourgian owner for €35.6M to the ČS real-estate fund administered by the investment company, Reico of Česká sporiteľňa.
The intention to build a new block of flats on the previous site of Matador in the Petržalka district of Bratislava has been announced and construction works are due to begin in the third quarter of this year after a suitable building company has been chosen, reports Reality Trend. The Matadorka project envisioning 335 flats and apartments was conceived by the development company of the architects VI group.
Nine out of ten Slovaks own the property in which they live. Within Europe, only Romania has a higher ratio. In Germany and Austria, it is approximately 50:50.
Immocap, the company behind the Central shopping centre in Bratislava, is preparing a new aquapark project in the surrounds of Piešťany. The developer estimates that construction work could begin in 2018. Their ambition is to create a relaxation complex which would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, wrote TREND Reality.
Currently there are only two supermarket chains operating in Ilava, CBA and Lidl. Now the German supermarket chain is planning to replace its old shop with a completely new store to be built on the same street, only 500m from the original.