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Trnava region

Trnava region
Size: 4,147 sq. kilometres
Population: 555,075
Density: 134 / sq. km
Unemployment rate: 6.5%*
Average monthly wage: Sk19,153 (€589)*
Average wage, Slovakia: Sk20,146 (€620)*
Share of Slovak GDP creation: 11.1%**
FDI: Sk1.759 billion (€54.1 million)
Share of Slovak FDI in 2006: 2.9%

Sources: Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic portal.statistics.sk and Slovak National Bank www.nbs.sk, all figures current to December 31, 2006, except for * 2007 and ** 2005

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.
The southern part of the region, the Podunajská nížina (Danube lowlands), is separated from the Záhorská nížina (Záhorie lowlands) in the north by the Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathian mountains). It is crossed by a number of rivers, including the Morava in the west, the Váh in the centre, and the Malý Dunaj and the Danube in the south.
The Trnava region is made up of 249 municipalities and seven districts, ranging from the more developed Trnava, Skalica, Piešťany and Hlohovec districts, to the more rural Galanta, Senica and Dunajská Streda. It is the second smallest region after Bratislava, and the smallest in terms of area.
Major industries include power production, chemicals, printing and metallurgy, but in recent years, the auto and electrotechnical sector has taken the lead, with the PSA Peugeot and Samsung plant, and various suppliers setting up in the industrial park near the factories. The Trnava region has rich resources of mineral and thermal water, such as the hot springs at Piešťany, and of fresh water on Žitný Ostrov, which is the largest source of drinking water in Central Europe. It also has deposits of oil, natural gas and coal, while the Small Carpathians mountain range is a source of high-quality wood.


Attractions:
Trnava, Smolenice Castle, Dolná Krupá manor House, Driny Cave, Spa Piešťany, Smrdáky Spa, Skalica, Dunajská Streda (aquapark), veľký Meder (aquapark)