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.
European retailers will need up to 25 million square metres of additional logistics space over the next five years, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate services and investment management. This equates to five million square metres of logistics space each year - enough to more than cover the whole of New York’s Central Park - for each of the next five years.
Imposing property taxes on the basis of so-called ‘price maps’ is an intricate issue, and the new system will become a reality in January 2015 at the earliest, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír said on RTVS's televised politics show on April 28.
Demand for loans for purchasing real estate increased in the second half of 2012 thanks to favourable development of interest rates, the SITA newswire reported.
The Topolis shopping centre in Topoľčany, one of a few retail parks which have opened or are planned to open in 2013, was ceremonially opened on April 4. The total are is approximately 7,200 square metres, consulting company Cushman & Wakefield in Slovakia, which was appointed as an exclusive partner for leasing of the project, informed in a press release. Topolis is a project of the developer of the whole VIWO area, the investor of the Challfin retail park and the developer and general contractor of the Danicon Development project.
“Build with us sparingly” is the motto of the 34th year of the international construction fair CONECO, which opened in Bratislava on April 9. The traditional fair is accompanied by specialised events and exhibitions focused on architecture and design, construction sustainability, rational usage of energy as well as new regulations and legislation. For the first time ever, a meeting of construction leaders to be attended by government officials will take place simultaneously with the construction fair, the TASR reported.
The developer Macho, with its Papaver project involving the reconstruction of a former lodging house, is bringing to the market small apartments for reasonable prices suitable for those who are just starting out, either after moving out from one’s parents or relocating to another city. The company is thus filling a gap on the market, reporting a high level of interest in small apartments.