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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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MyAJC 
Yet it was not without trepidation that I drove with my spouse across the Hungarian plain from Budapest into Kosice, Slovakia's second-largest city. As the industrial outskirts gave way to a skyline dominated by Communist-era block apartment buildings ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
Slovakia will again participate in Earth Hour, the massive world-wide campaign which points out the responsibility of every company, organization and individual for the sustainable future of our planet. On Saturday 25 March from 20.30 to 21.30 ... See more..
Malta Independent Online 
On Sunday the Malta National team will take on Slovakia in their fifth FIFA World Cup European Qualifier. Malta still have to gain their first points in Group F, having lost both home matches 1-5 and 0-1 respectively to Scotland and Slovenia. Two 2-0 ... See more..
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Gazette Live 
Just think, had the Riverside hosted England vs Scotland back in November, Gordon Strachan may well have opted to follow Slovakia's lead and trained at the cricket club. Though I'm not convinced it would have attracted quite the crowd. On the subject ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
Slovakia has so far taken a reserved approach to news from Brussels about a possible deal to defuse a competition dispute over Russian gas sales to Europe. The draft compromise between Russian natural gas giant Gazprom and the European Commission ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
The writer for The Washington Post, Erica Rosenberg, describes not just the bright moments of a visit to Slovakia but also the shortcomings of the country, mostly connected –according to her – with lack of skills in tourism and promotion, but also with ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator 
The World Economic Forum's annual Global Energy Architecture Performance Index was published on March 22. Slovakia has achieved a good ranking thanks to its infrastructure links with neighbouring countries and the progress made in the use of ... See more..
New York Times 
A central Slovakian city of almost 80,000 people, surrounded mostly by mountains and forests, Banska Bystrica is one of Eastern Europe's unsung hockey cradles. Locals first began playing what they called “Canadian hockey” in 1922, and the city's hockey ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
A 2015 DK Guide to Eastern and Central Europe describes Slovakia as "a relatively little-known country, with few visitors," and Lonely Planet devotes more than half of the thin coverage in its six-year-old Czech/Slovak guidebook to Slovakia's capital, ... See more..
Innovation in Textiles 
The company's operation in Trnava, Slovakia, manufacturers a portfolio of engineered products for the Johns Manville, a market-leading manufacturer of continuous filament glass fibre and a Berkshire Hathaway company, has celebrated 50 years of ... 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

Nationality
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