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important Phone Numbers
Jun 26, 2007
important Phone Numbers Police 158 First Aid 155 Fire-Service 150 Road-Service 0123 Foreigner’ s Police 0961 011111 Information on Telephone Numbers 120, 121 Information on International Telephone Numbers 0149 Country Telephone Code + 421 Town code for Bratislava 02 and for other see the telephone list http://www.zoznamst.sk/eng/smer_tel_cisla.html If you are calling within Slovakia, there is needed to dial zero, but if you are calling from abroad you don't dial it At that site you also should find necessary phone numbers such as taxis, museums etc. You should buy telephone cards in magazine shops or in the post offices....more
Geographical facts
Jun 26, 2007
Total area: 49 035 km2 Capital: Bratislava Length of state border: 1672 km Population: 5 403 000 (December 31, 2000) Population density: 110,1 (per 1 km2) Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1 hour) The relief of the country is characterised by great differences. In central and northern Slovakia the countryside is hilly, it is covered with the Carpathian mountain range. The countryside of the southern and eastern Slovakia is low. Neighbouring countries and the length of the border on: Czech Republic (251,8), Hungary (668,6 km), Poland (547,1 km), Austria (106 km), Ukraine (98,5 km) The climate is mild with regular alternation of four seasons of the year. The average temperature is in winter - 2? C and in summer +21? C. January is the coldest month with night temperatures -10? C and -15? C, the warmest month is July with a daily maximum temperature of approximately +32? C. However, last years it is unpredictible thanks to the changes in atmopshere. If you come in winter, you will need really warm clothes and boots, there is usually a lot of snow....more
Greeting in Slovakia
Jun 26, 2007
Saying "hello", shaking hands, raising hats, kiss on the face or hugging someone are only a few forms of greeting. Learn some do's and dont's in Slovak greetings.

Greeting is the absolutely best way to show your respect to a person you meet. The various forms of greeting in different societies are based on local culture, and this can differ widely from region to region. When you are traveling to Slovakia, it is wise to learn about the traditions prevailing in this country. Of course, the people will very probably accept your own ways without too much drama, but why should you show your differences at each step?

In towns and busy tourist centers it is impossible and absurd to greet everyone you see. However, in small villages or when meeting other hikers in the woods and on mountains trails, strangers greet each other spontaneously.

The basic Slovak formal greeting when meeting someone is "dobry den" (good day). If you want to be more time specific, in the morning, until about 8 or 9 am, the greeting is "dobre rano" (good morning) and in the evening, when it gets dark, you can say "dobry vecer" (good evening). The formal word for good-bye is "dovidenia" and means roughly "until we see us again". Definitive farewell, such as when you do not expect to meet the person again soon, for example when foreign tourists are leaving a hotel, can be expressed by "zbohom" (go with God"). All expressions apply equally for men and women, singular and plural.

Hallo and bye-bye: the most common informal greetings are "ahoj" and "cau". If you meet several friends or speak to several children or young people, then you can use the plural form "ahojte" or "caute". The same words are used for informal farewell. "Ahojte/caute" is a grammatical monstrosity, so remember preferrably "ahoj/cau".

The difference between the formal and informal applies to the rest of the conversation equally. If you...more

Slovakia Leading the Pack
Mar 04, 2006

German investors prefer east Europe to west, with Slovakia leading the region, according to a German chambers of commerce survey. The German-Hungarian chamber of commerce reported that 90% of companies surveyed expect "either flat or rising investment activity" in Slovakia. The CEE state has successfully wooed foreign investors with its business-friendly 19% flat tax regime, flexible labour market and reputation for fiscal austerity. This reputation has been borne out by the latest budget figures showing a SKK6.4bn surplus over January-April.

In the survey, the Czech Republic comes second to Slovakia, with Poland and Hungary following behind. Romania's business environment is also regarded by German companies and investors as being almost as attractive as that of Poland or Hungary, following the election of a centrist, pro-reform administration. In addition, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Croatia are seen as more desirable investment locations than EU members Austria and Germany.

According to the survey, Hungary is losing favour with investors, with companies located there anticipating a 12% rise in profits this year, down from expectations of a 20% increase in 2004. Investor confidence in the CEE state has been undermined by repeated budget deficit target overshoots, high taxes relative for the region and large bureaucracy.

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Slovakia's economy enjoys EU boom
Mar 03, 2006

Slovakia has been attracting investment from big business, day trippers, and stag night revellers since joining the EU last year.
The cobbled streets and fountain-lined squares of Bratislava's old town have always charmed the tourists.
But now Slovakia's capital is gleaming with foreign investment. It has become the eastern European darling of the multinationals - and foreign investment is expected to total about £1.5bn (2.2bn euros) this year, twice the amount attracted in 2004.
According to the World Bank, Slovakia had the fastest transforming business environment in the world last year, and already comparisons are being drawn with Ireland's economic transformation in the 1990s.
Low labour costs, low taxes and political stability make this one of the most attractive economies in Europe.

Flexibility

Last year, the government replaced its income, corporate and sales tax with a 19% flat tax rate which is now eyed enviously by some Western countries like Austria and Germany.

"Investors are not very sophisticated, they are attracted by positive examples," says Eugen Jurzyca, from the Centre for Economic Development.

"They see that Slovakia is well placed geographically. But I think it's the government's reform of the labour code as well that makes this an attractive place to be. It's much more flexible than western Europe, hiring and firing is easier, and it's easier to work longer hours."

The biggest investments in Slovakia have been in car plants. Fifty km outside Bratislava, a vast car manufacturing plant for Peugeot-Citroen has sprung up in less than a year.

Huge flat-roofed white buildings now cover an area that used to be grassy countryside. The diggers are still hard at work, but soon Peugeot-Citroen, Kia Motors, Ford Motor and Hyundai will be manufacturing cars alongside Volkswagen.

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Bratislava is a great place to buy
Mar 03, 2006

Bratislava is the new Prague, and Irish people would love it if they knew where it was, says Derek Scally. Many who do are investing in apartments costing from around €35,000 that offer decent returns

Bratislava is everything Prague isn't. While the Czech capital's city centre is a noisy, dynamic and dirty place, the Slovak capital is a quiet, clean, pleasant city.

The 1993 dissolution of Czechoslovakia left Bratislava somewhat in the shadow of its larger brother to the north. But in hindsight, that may not have been a bad thing, considering present-day Prague's souvenir shop scars of mass tourism.

The flourishing city on the Danube, long an insider tip, is finally emerging on the radar of tourists and investors alike. The property market here is smaller than in other central European cities like Budapest or Warsaw, but rising prices and a decent supply of new developments mean it's a good time to get on board.

The Irish are the largest foreign investors in Bratislava, mostly due to the presence of Ballymore Properties, Sean Mulryan's development company. which is the driving force behind Eurovea, which it calls central Europe's largest mixed-use riverside development. The ambitious scheme will essentially give Bratislava an entirely new urban district - and a main shopping street the city lacks - with over 200,000 sq m (2.15m sq ft) of office, retail and apartment space.

However the interest from Irish private investors in the residential market has been modest though agents say things have picked up significantly since the start of the year.

"A lot of that is down to Irish ignorance. Lots of people don't know where Bratislava or even Slovakia is. They confuse it with Slovenia," says Billy Norton, founder of the Norco property agency. "But a lot of interest...more

Freedom and the EU in Slovakia
Mar 01, 2006

Two years after entering the EU, it is clear that Slovakia has become more economically successful because of it, and possibly even gained some cultural benefits. There has been wide international acceptance of Slovakia as a small but equal country in the EU, which has allowed investors to evaluate Slovakia with respect to economic considerations.

The internationally trumpeted flat tax rate (of 19 percent) has been a significant factor in increasing investor interest in Slovakia, as well as making all the Slovak reforms more noticed.

The high value of Slovak workers, both knowledge workers and manufacturing workers, has been increasingly recognized. This value is based on good to very good quality of work, fairly easy training, and low wages. Good quality work for a lower wage is what employers look for to increase their own return on capital (ROC).

A good measure of ROC would likely be in the automotive sector. Comparisons across Europe with Germany, France, Spain, the UK (Rover ending?), Sweden and the Czech Republic puts Slovakia in a good position.

In comparing productivity as cars per worker per year, Slovakia seems to perform quite well; in calculating productivity as labour cost per car, Slovakia is one of the best. Labour cost per unit is the important productivity measure for manufacturing, even as the world shifts to custom-made mass manufacturing.

Unfortunately, Slovakia has not been as successful at either investment or export promotion as it could be, or as the Czech Republic has been.

This was due to many issues , though it seems that Slovakia is now moving forward with almost as much speed as the Czechs, although we will have to move faster to catch up. Thanks to the reforms of the government like the flat tax, Slovakia's gross domestic product (GDP)...more

Once a Backwater, Slovakia Surges
Mar 01, 2006

Legions of investors are, analysts say, turning Slovakia into one of the fastest-growing economies in Central Europe. An economic backwater in the late 1990’s, Slovakia has lately been dubbed the Tatra Tiger -- Tatra from the mountain range here and tiger after the Irish Tiger, the term used to describe Ireland’s economic transformation in the 1990’s. There are many similarities: both Ireland and Slovakia are small (Ireland’s population is 4 million, Slovakia’s 5.5 million). Both were traditionally reliant on agriculture, and even their quintessential foods, cabbage and potatoes, are the same. Both joined the E.U. (Slovakia last spring) with relatively underdeveloped economies. As Ireland did in the 1990’s, Slovakia’s government has lowered taxes and wooed investors. As a result, foreign investment is now pouring in.

Direct foreign investment this year, at $1.1 billion in the last nine months, is already three times as great as in 2003. Economic growth is up 5.3%, to $33.3 billion in the last three quarters, outpacing growth in Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, and neck-and-neck with Poland. The biggest investments have been in automobile plants. Investors say Slovakia’s political stability, low labor costs and low taxes make it one of the most attractive economies in Europe. Slovakia replaced its income taxes, corporate taxes and sales taxes with a 19% flat tax this year. It also canceled its tax on dividends and simplified its labor laws, in part to make it easier to hire and fire workers.

Slovakia’s recent economic success is especially significant given its reputation in the mid-1990’s, when Madeleine K. Albright, the U.S. secretary of state, called it a black hole in the middle of Europe. In that era, soon after Communism fell, the authoritarian prime minister, Vladimir Meciar, turned his back on the E.U. and NATO. At the same time, multimillion-dollar state companies were privatized for pennies. Not surprisingly, investors stayed away, the economy stagnated and unemployment soared to nearly...more

UK's Investment Regime is no Longer Leader of The
Feb 03, 2006

Gordon Brown walked into a recent meeting of EU finance ministers insisting “we believe that tax competition is the best way forward”.

Using taxation to make Britain a more attractive place to invest has been the policy of all British chancellors for the past 20 years. Having been among the leaders, however, the UK is being overtaken. It has fallen out of the top ten in international competitiveness studies and is in danger of rejoining the pack.

The days are long gone when leading British companies queued to leave the country to avoid punitively high tax rates and a regime notoriously unfriendly to companies relying on foreign earnings.

The reform of corporation tax set in train in 1984 allowed the main rate to be cut from 54 per cent to 35 per cent and today's 30 per cent. Rules that sent multinationals to Amsterdam and other centres were softened and the Treasury listened to calls to align taxation of key sectors better with the way their businesses operated.

Top rates of UK income tax were heavily cut, foreign expatriates — needed to make the City a top world financial centre — were treated sympathetically, and favourable arrangements were often allowed to rich foreign individuals who chose to locate here.

This change of heart, along with wider economic reforms and the English language, helped to make the UK Europe’s leading destination for foreign direct investment. Eurozone countries preferred to invest in Britain. It was even claimed that the UK had become a tax haven.

That position has progressively come under attack from two directions. Pressures to raise tax rates or tighten tax rules have grown, both at home and abroad. So has competition from other countries keen to emulate the UK approach, starting more than a decade...more

There is a Reason Companies Keep comming to Slovak
Feb 03, 2006

Insiders agree that the most important benefits of doing business in Slovakia are the low cost yet highly skilled labour force; a favourable 19-percent tax rate; and relatively low real estate prices with the added bonus of zero real estate transfer tax.

But that's not all foreign investors are taking advantage of. Additionally, Slovakia's high unemployment rate easily accommodates the need for labour, which is generated by significant foreign direct investments (FDI). And the strategic central location of Slovakia in Central Europe with gateways to both the developed economies of Western Europe and the awakening economy of Ukraine is another draw. Furthermore, Slovakia has a strong industrial background, a crucial feature for certain types of manufacturing.

So far, Slovakia has lured investments in manufacturing, the automotive sector, and call and service centres.

In contrast to the Far East, which has unbeatable production costs for low-margin, low-tech products, Slovakia is suited to engineering centres. The country's large number of skilled labourers, machinists and engineers as well as a strong tradition in machinery ensures that value-added products can be built at a reasonable price.

The availability of a skilled bilingual staff, the low cost of employment, tax incentives and ample quality office space has resulted in the development of call, outsourcing, administration and group service centres in Slovakia.

Steve Gawronski and Stanislav Rusinko are tax partner and FDI manager, respectively, from Deloitte. They say that Slovakia has managed to position itself favourably by building up a critical mass of companies in a specific sector, which attracts other foreign companies in the same sector. According to them, Slovakia's automotive and electronics industries are surging ahead because of this.

Clare Moger, senior tax manager, and Michaela Gábiková, tax consultant, both from PricewaterhouseCoopers, emphasize the corporate benefits of Slovakia's tax reforms....more

GDP growth 5.1% in first half of 2005
Jan 03, 2006

The Slovak Spectator
September 9th 2005

THE SLOVAK economy grew by 5.1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2005, with a gross domestic product of Sk357.6 billion (€9.3bn), the TASR news agency wrote, based on information released on September 9, 2005 by Slovakia’s Statistics Office (ŠÚ).

The GDP for the first half of 2005 stood at Sk690.2 billion (€17.9 billion), and was also up by 5.1 percent year-on-year.

Positive results were also reported in areas such as unemployment and wages.

According to the ŠÚ, unemployment decreased by 2 percent year-on-year to 16.9 percent in the first half of 2005. The employment rate increased 2.2 percent to 2.187 million people.

Nominal monthly wages increased by 8.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2005 to reach Sk16,737 (€435), while real salaries were up 5.6 percent.

In the first half of 2005, monthly nominal salaries in Slovakia rose by an average of 9.1 percent to Sk16,381. Real salaries were up 6.2 percent year-on-year.

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Slovakia speeds up Euro move
Jan 03, 2006

Matthew Newman and Radoslav Tomec

International Herald Tribune 28/11/05

Slovakia will begin its test run for joining the euro on Monday after a surprise move over the weekend to join the EU's exchange-rate mechanism earlier than expected.

Slovakia became the seventh of the European Union's newest members to move closer to adopting the euro by establishing formal links with the common currency, a move the central bank said it hoped would keep the koruna stable. The European Union said in Brussels that it had admitted Slovakia to its exchange-rate mechanism effective Monday. The Slovak koruna will be pegged at 38.4550 to the euro under the system, compared with a close Friday of 38.47 koruny to the euro.

The peg starts a test of currency stability before euro adoption, which Slovakia is aiming to achieve in 2009. The government chose to enter the exchange-rate mechanism earlier than the original plan for the first half of 2006 to make the koruna...more

It was going so well...what happened??
Jan 01, 2006
There seems to be a new phenomenon of late whereby a first date seems to go extremely well and may well lead on to a second date and then all of a sudden it's over. Why would this happen when everything seemed so right? The chemistry was there, shared interests and the kissing was good too so what happened? I wish I had an answer to this one as it has happened to me a couple of times and each time it has left me pondering how many different variables are involved in making a successful relationship. I do however have some theories that may at least ease the pain of the rejection.

Firstly, people are complicated when it comes to issues of the heart and to the most part we have spent many years cultivating in our heads just what our ideal partner would be. These expectations we have of people can put an enormous strain on a forming relationship and it is important to give people a little leeway. Understandably, people do make allowances for failed expectations however the truth is that a little too much wine can lower our expectations a little too much and make us act in a way that is not true to our real feelings. It's only when the date is over and the effects of alcohol subside do we realize that the person really isn't suitable at all.

Secondly, most people have some sort of emotional baggage whether that takes the form of an unresolved previous relationship or emotional fear of becoming attached again. I have often wished that people could be more up front about any concerns like this but often they are not and unfortunately, people find it easier to lie themselves out of a difficult...
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10 Ways to Be Romantic
Jun 26, 2005
When we have been in relationships for a while the romance seems to dwindle and both parties in the relationship think that the other should be more romantic. You read so often that the man should be the romantic one, and maybe 50 years ago this would have been so but this is no longer the case. Think back to when you first met. The first dates, wining an dining, making an effort to look your best, breakfast in bed, long weekends having frantic sex. Don?t you wish it was the same? Well I bet your partner also does. Instead of waiting for him to make the first move (after all we know how slow men are. No offence guys) YOU take the lead and add a bit of romance into your relationship.

Here are ten ways to show off your romantic side.

1. Pick up the phone: Give him a ring while he is at the office just to let him know that you are thinking of him. Or if you are confident with phone sex tell him what you are going to do to him once he gets home and in turn what you would like him to do to you.

2. Fill the stocking: Men love sexy lingerie just as much as women if not more. Let him know how much you want him by getting out your best knickers, team them with a pair of fishnets, stilettos and seduce him tonight.

3. Feed his heart: You know the old saying "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach!" Well you better believe it because it works every time. Get out the best china, set the table with candles, put on some soft music and prepare his favorite meal. You won?t...
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Dating Online? Watch that Ad!
Jun 26, 2005
New to Online Dating? Trying to find the man or woman of your dreams through the Virtual World? You need to have a Good Personal Ad or Dating Profile

Some people dont believe me when I tell them that most problems with not enough Responses to your Ad can be fixed just by writing a better Ad. And then I often take them, real-time, to an Online Dating Site. I randomly start reading out profiles, and they cannot believe that so many people write such terrible ads! Maybe it is this overvalued notion of spontaneity, of writing whatever comes to your mind, letting it flow, being you - which leads you to write gibberish in your ads. Say goodbye to any success in Online Dating with that. Think what would happen if NASA Engineers became spontaneous.

So stop your Dating shuttle from crashing and read these examples of common Mistakes in Dating Profiles. Have a laugh, but be careful, your own profile may have bugs too! (All examples are real)

.."I am a funny, witty person...."

Funny and witty people never write that directly. Instead of saying this, add a touch of humor to your profile.

.."I was just bored, so wrote my profile here..."

A negative attitude. Instead, say, "I am new to this..."

..."I am an Honest, Spontaneous, Creative, Intelligent (..other personal adjectives) ...person."

Very few people think they are not, so this is very subjective (same as the fact that 80% people believe that they have an IQ above average!). Even if true, it is redundant information at best. Avoid using personal adjectives in your Ad or Profile.

Define yourself concretely-better to say I am a Guitar player in a Band or I write Novels or...
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Being in love online - A Practical Guide
Jun 26, 2005
More and more people these days are finding love online be it due to time constraints, unsociable working hours or simply the death of the community, but one thing is for sure, this is the fastest growing way to meet potential partners, however it has it's pitfalls. Whilst online dating agencies may offer a quick way to meeting these partners, Instant Messaging using programs such as ICQ, MSN, or Odigo offer a lightning speed way of getting very intimate, very quickly. It is so quick because you can be just who you want to be when you are chatting online, no one will see you blush if you say something wrong and most importantly, it allows you to take risks that you would never dream of taking in the real world. The most powerful aspect of this all though is that we paint our own picture in our minds of what the other person is without all those non-verbal cues such as facial expressions and mannerisms that subconsciously in the real world tell us valuable things about the person. In short, with our own beautifully created perception of the person, fall for them. So why do we as intelligent human beings end up falling for people we have never even met before? The answer is simplewe want to be in love, we so want to tell ourselves that the searching for our soul mate is over and with that we picture our lives in a blissful sea of coupledom, sharing our lives together. Sadly it is this haste to end our single lives that can lead to disappointment as quickly as it started.

Meeting Your online love for the first time

Sooner or later the question of actually meeting in person will come up and whilst...
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Jul 12, 2007

Bratislava

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On my first night in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, while I was waiting for the first Monica, who was going to pick me up in front of my hotel at 9 o'clock, two young Italians stopped to ask me if I could suggest a place where they could have some fun that night in Slovakia.
Before I had the chance to hide behind my usual "I don't speak Italian" (spoken in English, of course), they went on to say, "You can't get any slovak girls here. We arrived yesterday and we're leaving tomorrow. The taxi driver refused to help us find some girls and the female receptionist at the hotel wanted to throw us out when we asked her where we could get some women. The Slovak Republic where taxi drivers and receptionists can't understand the tourist is underdeveloped. We're going back to Thailand!"
Marco and Sandro come from the small Italian... more

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Girls in Bratislava

by Steve

True to God's blueprint for Eastern Europe, the girls in Bratislava have to be seen to be believed. They dress to turn heads, and probably would even if they wore shiny tracksuits salvaged from the eighties. Fortunately, short skirts, tight trousers and skimpy tops are more the order of the day.

The Slovakian capital, with its relaxed vibe, narrow streets and pavement bars, is made for drinking, drooling, and generally watching the world go by. Go somewhere else for serious conversation, which will be frequently derailed by passing lovelies causing eyes and minds to wander.

By night, Slovakian girls are not only heartbreakingly beautiful, they also love to party, and often prowl the bars and clubs of Bratislava in large groups. They love to practice their English, to chat and to be chatted up, but you will have to play your cards carefully to get anything more than an innocent peck on the cheek. You wouldn't be the first to mistake the innocent charm of Slovakian girls for something more.

After a weekend in Bratislava, you will believe in love at first sight.

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