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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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The Sun 
SLOVAKIA gave themselves a great chance of making the European Under 21 Championship semi-finals after thumping the defending champions. Martin Chrien, Jaroslav Mihalik and L'ubo Satka scored the goals that took their points tally to six to finish ... See more..
The Slovak Spectator (press release) (subscription) 
Following the invitation of non-governmental organisations, the SCKR and CEEV Živica, the promoters of Fair Trade production from Ecuador arrived in Slovakia in late May. Fabiola Ramón and Lianne Zoeteweij represent El Guabo, the association of small ... See more..
Deseret News 
Rusnak has started at midfielder and played every minute of the three matches in Group A. The team solidified a runner-up finish in the group, which does not automatically qualify Slovakia for the tournament's knockout rounds, but gives it a chance ... See more..
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Bloomberg 
Slovakia is in many ways the poster child for East European integration into the European Union. But the strike taking place now at Volkswagen's Bratislava plant says a lot about how disunited Europe looks from the European Union's eastern edge ... See more..
Washington Post 
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Workers at Volkswagen plant in Bratislava are on a strike over wages. Labor unions called it, starting Tuesday, after a number of negotiation rounds about their demand — a 16 percent increase — failed. The German company calls ... See more..
The Independent 
England Under-21s survived a major scare to keep their Euro 2017 hopes alive after a comeback victory over Slovakia. Second-half goals from Alfie Mawson and Nathan Redmond sealed a 2-1 win to move the Young Lions top of Group A. But Aidy ... See more..
RoadracingWorld.com 
YART Yamaha Official EWC Team will start the 1st edition of the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring from pole position tomorrow, ahead of GMT94 Yamaha. Meanwhile, F.C.C. Honda pulled off an excellent performance in qualifying this morning to take 3rd spot on the ... See more..
Proactive Investors UK 
Ortac Resources Ltd (LON:OTC) - Sturec has a resource of just under 900000oz gold equivalent, which has been progressed to pre-feasibility stage. See more..
The Slovak Spectator (press release) (subscription) 
The Slovak Hydro-meteorological Institute (SHMÚ) issued a heat warning for the south-western part of the country for the next few days, with temperatures expected to reach 35°Celsius, the Sme daily wrote. Slovakia is expected to experience extreme heat ... See more..
The Sun 
The Swedes, who are the competition holders, created the better chances, with the Three Lions relying on £30m Everton man Jordan Pickford to save a penalty and keep them in the match. Slovakia were much more impressive in their opening match as they ... 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

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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