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To serve the Church among the Slavic nations of the world by assisting it to become fully equipped to fulfil the great commission of Jesus Christ

Slovakia

Background

In 1918 the Slovaks joined the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a communist nation within Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe. Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993. Slovakia has experienced more difficulty than the Czech Republic in developing a modern market economy. Slovakia became a member of the European Union in May 2004 and joined NATO in April 2004.

Location

Central Europe, south of Poland

Area

48,845 sq km

Land Boundaries

Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine

Natural Resources

Brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land

Population

5 million ( 2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups

Slovak 85.8%, Hungarian 9.7%, Gypsy 1.7% (the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic estimates number of Gypsy/Romany as 400,000), Czech-Moravian-Silesian 0.8%, Ruthenian and Ukrainian 0.2%, German 0.1%, Polish 0.1%, other 0.2% (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 75%, atheist 9.7%, Protestant 8.6%, Orthodox 0.7%, Evangelicals 0.5%