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Hundreds of Slovak children are abandoned by their birth parents each year and put up for adoption. Over the past five years, Slovakia has been at the top of the list of countries with the highest amount of abandoned children with 4.9 abandoned for every 1,000 live births.1 In 2012, there were over 12,000 children living in foster homes or orphanages.2 Child abuse is also a common and underreported problem in the country.3 Additionally, domestic abuse is a major problem in Slovakia, with a recent survey indicating that nearly 20% of Slovaks had experienced domestic abuse.4

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1 http://www.internationaladoptionguide.co.uk/blog/news/791.html
2 Ibid
3 http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/eur/154450.htm
4http://wscf-europe.org/mozaik-issues/mozaik-26-stop-being-silent/domestic-violence-in-the-slovak-republic/
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Slovakia News

The Slovak Spectator 
On the other hand, Van der Bellen – on his first official visit to Slovakia – said he is against the creation of a multi-speed EU because, “the one who is ahead does not hear the one who is behind him but if you are walking next to me, we can ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
Overall, invoices in the Business to Business (B2B) segment in Slovakia were paid on average within 18 days last year, down from 23 days in 2015. “Such a shift in the payment discipline of clients paying for services rendered can stimulate mutual trade ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
American military equipment will be passing through Slovakia in June and August, as USA military personnel will be heading to one of this year's largest NATO exercises, Saber Guardian 2017. It will take place in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria between ... See more..
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The Calvert Journal 
Estonia and Slovakia are the New East countries with the highest levels of press freedom, according to an annual ranking composed by Reporters Without Borders, with both countries gaining places in this year's top 20. The highest ranked New East nation ... See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
The Belarusian head of government is set to hold talks with Chairman of the Slovakian Government Robert Fico, attend the opening of the Belarusian-Slovakian business forum in Bratislava, meet with representatives of Slovakian big companies, and visit ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
Slovakia registered its first case of imported measles. The patient was examined and is stable, said spokesperson for the Public Health Authority Zuzana Drobová. “The regional public health authority in Košice was informed by the University Hospital of ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
Passengers at railway stations in Dunajská Streda and Komárno, both in southern Slovakia, will be able to read the name of the station not only in the Slovak language but also in the minority Hungarian language. Transport and Construction Minister ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
Last year Slovakia reduced the general government deficit to 1.68 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). This is 0.28 percentage points less than the originally projected deficit of 1.93 percent of GDP. The government debt decreased too, down 0.6 ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
More hopefully, Emília Trepáčová, a social worker at ADRA Slovakia, which helps people that have been granted asylum or additional protection, thinks the situation is gradually improving as the initial influx of news and comments about the migration ... See more..
New Europe 
To discuss this point, the Faculty of Mass Media Communication at Trnava's Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Slovakia invited the editor-in-chief of Zem a Vek, a Slovak-language Russian-propaganda conspiracy magazine, to speak at an April 25-26 ... See more..
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Geography

Central Europe, south of Poland
Area

Total 49,035 sq km
Land 48,105 sq km
Water 930 sq km

Climate

temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters
Natural Resources

brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from metallurgical plants presents human health risks; acid rain damaging forests

Demographics

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Slovak
Population
5,488,339 (July 2013 est.)
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Slovakia has made significant economic reforms since its separation from the Czech Republic in 1993. Reforms to the taxation, healthcare, pension, and social welfare systems helped Slovakia consolidate its budget and get on track to join the EU in 2004 after a period of relative stagnation in the early and mid 1990s and to adopt the euro in January 2009. Major privatizations are nearly complete, the banking sector is almost entirely in foreign hands, and the government has helped facilitate a foreign investment boom with business friendly policies. Slovakia's economic growth exceeded expectations in 2001-08 despite a general European slowdown. ...See More Foreign direct investment (FDI), especially in the automotive and electronic sectors, fueled much of the growth until 2008. Cheap and skilled labor, low taxes, no dividend taxes, a relatively liberal labor code, and a favorable geographical location are Slovakia's main advantages for foreign investors. The economy contracted 5% in 2009 primarily as a result of smaller inflows of FDI and reduced demand for Slovakia''s exports before rebounding in 2010-11, but growth slowed in 2012 due to weakening external demand. The government of Prime Minister Robert FICO in 2012 implemented tax increases on higher-earning individuals and corporations, effectively scrapping Slovakia''s flat tax to help meet budget deficit targets of 4.9% of GDP in 2012 and 3% of GDP in 2013. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$134.1 billion (2012 est.); $131.4 billion (2011 est.); $127.3 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

23% of GDP (2012 est.); 23.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 19.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grains, potatoes, sugar beets, hops, fruit; pigs, cattle, poultry; forest products
Industries

metal and metal products; food and beverages; electricity, gas, coke, oil, nuclear fuel; chemicals and manmade fibers; machinery; paper and printing; earthenware and ceramics; transport vehicles; textiles; electrical and optical apparatus; rubber products