Slovakia 2005

Europe

Yearbook 2005

Slovakia. According to countryaah, Bratislava is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Slovakia. Slovakia’s capital Bratislava hosted a summit in February between US President George W. Bush and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin.

Land area 49,035 km²
Total population 5,440,602
Residents per km² 111
Capital Bratislava (Pressburg)
Official language Slovak
Income per capita $ 33,100
Currency Euro
ISO 3166 code SK
Internet TLD .sk
License plate SK
Telephone code +421
Time zone UTC UTC + 1, daylight saving time UTC + 2
Geographic coordinates 48 40 N, 19 30 O

Following Slovakia’s entry into the EU in 2004, the country’s business climate had changed most rapidly in the world, according to a World Bank report. This resulted in significantly increased foreign investment, but Slovakia also experienced negative effects of EU entry. Human trafficking across the border from Ukraine increased, at the same time as a growing amount of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy, were smuggled west from EU countries such as the Netherlands.

In the summer, the government’s internal contradictions led to the dismissal of the controversial Minister of Economy and media mogul Pavel Rusko of the New Citizens Alliance (ANO). According to Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, Rusko had lost the trust of its coalition partners because of their private affairs. After his departure, Rusko sold his previously popular TV channel Markísa to American investors.

Prime Minister Dzurinda, after Rusko’s resignation, no longer had a clear majority in parliament, and the opposition parties demanded new elections. In order to enforce their demands, they boycotted Parliament when the autumn session was to begin in September. However, Dzurinda succeeded in gathering enough support from independent members to bring together the smallest possible majority, the overweight of a vote, and thus Parliament’s work could begin.