Key Country Facts
Slovakia has the highest number of castles and chateaux’s per capita in the world!
High Tatras, Bratislava, Devin Castle, Michael’s Gate, and the Slavin monument
Major exports: vehicles, machinery and electrical equipment, furnaces, and iron, steel, and mineral oils
In 2009, while studying in Poland with my MBA classmates from the University of Tennessee, I went to Slovakia to visit a car OEM plant in Kocise, Slovakia that makes pumps and valves. Since 2007, Slovakia has been the world’s largest producer of cars per capita, producing over a million cars per year. “With production of more than million cars in 2016, Slovakia was 20th largest producer of cars in the world, and 7th largest in the E.U.
The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava. There are approximately 5.5 million people living here, and the majority of Slovaks practice Roman Catholicism. The official language of Slovakia is Slovak, with Hungarian and Roma as minority languages. The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.
Travelers will enjoy the natural beauty of Slovakia. With nine national parks, travelers should be sure to visit High Tatras. High Tatras is the biggest national park in Slovenia and is a hub of hiking and winter sports. Also of interest are the Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture located in Bratislava. History buffs would enjoy historic sites such as Devin Castle, Michael’s Gate, and the Slavin monument.
One fun fact is that Slovakia has the highest number of castles and chateaux’s per capita in the world!