interesting facts about Slovakia

15 Super Fun Facts about Slovakia

Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world and increase your chances of becoming the next geography quiz champion? Why not start by learning these fun facts about Slovakia!

1. It’s a central European nation.

Slovakia is located in the middle of Europe and is bordered by Czech Republic (West), Austria (South West), Hungary (South), Ukraine (East) and Poland (North).

2. It has a longer name.

Its official name is Slovenska Republika (The Slovak Republic).

3. It’s known by many names in many languages!

Here is ‘Slovakia’ in some other languages: Slovensko (Slovak, Czech), Slovaquie (French), Slowakei (German), Slovacchia (Italian), Eslovaquia (Spanish).

Flag of Slovakia

Flag of Slovakia

4. Want to find Slovakia with a compass?

The coordinates for Slovakia are 48.1500° North, 17.1167°

5. It has a fairly small population, comparatively with wider Europe.

Slovakia’s population was 5.459 million in 2020. It has a total area of 18,932 square miles (49,035 square kilometers).

6. What’s the capital of Slovakia?

The capital here is Bratislava; it has an area of 141.9 square miles (367.6 square kilometers) and a population of 424,428 (2016).

7. Slovakian weather is often fast and furious.

It’s probably not the place to head for your summer holiday as the summers are usually cold and cloudy and oddly it experiences humid winters. Additionally, Slovak has a spot of air pollution and the odd bout of acid rain!

8. There’s a healthy life expectancy here.

The average life span is 76.87 years. (2020)

9. Almost all Slovakians can read and write!

Slovakia has an impressive literacy rate of 99%.

Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

Bojnice Castle

10. It’s one of two halves of a nation that ceased to be in the 90s.

Formerly Czechoslovakia, the country split into two entities, Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 1993 by mutual agreement.

11. Early people made homes here.

There is evidence of settlements in Slovakia dating back 22,800 years!

12. There are plenty of famous connections to Slovakia.

Martina Hingis, the former World No. 1 tennis player was born in Slovakia, as were the parents of Andy Warhol, the famous American born artist!

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

13. Slovakians get married young.

Slovak women are amongst the youngest to get married within the EU at just 24 years old on average, the same as Lithuania and Poland.

14. You’ll be surprised at what Slovakia grows and exports.

Slovakia grows wheat, rye, corn, potatoes and sugar beet, and farms cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep and goats.

Car manufacturing, engineering, chemicals, oil refining and plastics contribute to Slovakia’s major industries.

Slovakia mines for antimony ore, iron, copper, mercury, zinc and lead.

15. It’s easy to keep in touch with Slovakia.

Want to call family or friends in Slovakia? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +421.

Bratislava, Slovakia


FAQs about Slovakia

Do Slovakian people speak English?

English is spoken widely in Slovakia, largely in the big cities and between younger people..

Is Slovakia safe to visit?

Crime-wise, Slovakia is considered a safe country to visit, however, its notorious weather conditions can cause potential accidents - so be sure to have an emergency number on standby.

What is Slovakian culture like?

Slovakia is rich in cultural touches that celebrate its humble folk roots, with folklore festivals and celebrations opening up across the year.

Do you know any fun facts about Slovakia?  Share them in the comments below!


  • Karin says:

    Good article! Although the summers here are pretty warm tbh, mostly in the lowlands where we have around 30 degrees on daily basis.

  • Karin Kolláriková says:

    Hi. We don’t have polluted air (maybe like other countries) and absolutely no acid rain! We don’t have cold and cloudy summer. Is really warm and sunny. And we have a lot of beautiful castles and chateaux in Slovakia (Bojnický zámok, Oravský hrad…).Come visit Slovakia and you will see =) .Many people in Slovakia don’t speak English. This is a big disadvantage in our country..And sorry about my English.

  • Jakub says:


    It’s probably not the place to head for your summer holiday as the summers are usually cold and cloudy and oddly it experiences humid winters…
    …Additionally, Slovak has a spot of air pollution and the odd bout of acid rain!


  • István Kapitány- Nagy says:

    Funny facts? I am older than Slovakia 😀

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