Slovakia: political system
Slovakia is a parliamentary democracy. At the head of the state is a
president who is directly elected by the people every 5 years. The President
appoints the Prime Minister, the members of the Government and the President of
the Constitutional Court. He also appoints university rectors and professors and
is commander in chief of the military.
The Slovak parliament has 150 seats and is elected for four years. According to Digopaul.com,
name of the country is:
The national anthem of Slovakia was written by Janko Matúška in 1844 and set
to music based on the folk song Kopala studienku. In 1918 the first stanza of
the Slovak anthem was integrated into the Czechoslovak anthem. The first stanzas
of each of the two hymns were played one after the other. Since January 1, 1993,
the following two stanzas have been the official anthem of the Slovak Republic.
||In the English translation
|Nad Tatrou sa blýska
hromy divo bijú.
Zastavme ich bratia,
veď sa ony stratia,
Slováci ožijú.To Slovensko naše
posiaľ tvrdo spalo.
Ale blesky hromu
vzbudzujú ho k tomu,
aby sa prebralo.Ešte jedle rastú
na krivánskej strane.
Kto jak Slovák cíti, nech sa šable chytí,
a medzi nás stane.Už Slovensko vstáva,
putá si strháva. Hey rodina milá
hodina odbila, žije matka Sláva!
|Lightning flashes over the Tatras, thunder beats wildly.
brothers, they will lose each other,
Slovaks are reviving.Our Slovakia has slept hard so far.
But lightning bolts awaken her to awaken her
.Firs still grow on Kriváň's side.
Anyone who feels as a Slovak
should grab a saber
and stand between us.Slovakia is already standing up,
breaking its fetters.
Hey, dear family,
the hour has struck,
long live Mother Sláva!
The national flag of Slovakia consists of the three Pan-Slavic horizontal
stripes white, blue and red. On the Liek there is the Slovak national coat of
arms, a white double cross (patriarchal cross) on a red background, which stands
on a blue background - the blue three-mountain. The three mountain symbolizes
the Tatras, Fatra and Mátra. Based on flag descriptions by
Countryaah.com, the flag was adopted on September 1, 1992 and took on its present form on
February 12, 1993.
Until around the year 1000
Germanic and Celtic peoples lived in what is now Slovakia until the Roman
invasion. During the period of Roman influence, fortified camps and settlements
marked the area until the 5th century. Slovakia was considered the border of the
From the 5th century the Slavs and later Avars invaded
Slovakia. The first state structure documented in writing, the kingdom of Samo,
resulted from a war between the two peoples. A Christian principality was
established around 800, which then became part of the Great
Moravian Empire around 830. However, in 906 it fell victim to
the Hungarians. In the fight for Christianization, 929the
Przemyslide Wenceslaus murdered by his brother Boleslav. Wenceslaus then became
a martyr and a symbol of the Christian state.
From the year 1000 to the 17th century
In the 11th century there were between Slavs and Germans
The Bohemian King Ottokar II expanded the power of the Bohemians again from 1253. Under
the Bohemian King Charles IV, who was also King of Germany, Bohemia and Moravia
became the central power in Europe. After the defeat of the Hungarian army by
the Turks in 1526, Slovakia, which had been part of Hungary
since the 11th century, fell to the Habsburgs by inheritance. In 1530 the
Ottomans invaded Slovakia, but could not maintain their supremacy.
In Bohemia, the conflict between the Protestant nobility and the House of
Habsburg led to the Thirty Years' War in 1618was triggered by
the Prague window lintel. The political and religious borders established in the
Peace of Westphalia of 1648 then existed for over a century.
In the 18th and 19th centuries
In 1787 Anton Bernolak tried to create a unified Slovak
language for the first time with the codification of the written Slovak
language. In the 19th century, the contrast to the Hungarian
upper class became particularly clear in Slovakia. In response to this, the
Slovak national movement enforced the codification of the Slovak written
language in 1843. In 1848 the national
movement presented a political and constitutional program that included the
secession from Habsburg. In the September uprising in Slovakia, which was
unsuccessful, the pursuit of independence culminated.
20th century until today
In 1918, in the Treaty of Pittsburgh, the Czechs and
Slovaks agreed to work together to build a future common state. Czechoslovakia
was founded on October 28, 1918.
Due to the guaranteed but not granted autonomy, a Slovak autonomy movement
emerged with the "Slovak People's Party".
Germany's goal since 1933 was to join the Sudetenland to the
German Reich. In 1938 this claim was implemented in the Munich
Agreement. Other areas also had to be given to Hungary and Poland. Under
pressure from Germany was 1939Slovakia declared
independent. The remaining national territory was annexed to Germany under the
name Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia under the breach of the Munich
Agreement. After Germany's defeat in World War II, Slovakia was occupied by
Soviet troops in 1945 and the Czechoslovak Republic
In 1948 the Communist Party took over power in a covert coup in
the Czechoslovak Republic and introduced a communist people's democracy. Since 1962 a
democratic socialism prevailed in the CSSR, which was introduced by Alexander
Dubcek and is called the Prague Spring. The invasion of Prague by Soviet troops
on August 21, 1968ended this policy. After the collapse of the
communist system, it was transformed into a federal republic
within the CSFR in 1990. The CSFR only existed for a short
time because of the Slovaks' aspirations for autonomy.
On July 17th, 1992 the Slovak parliament
proclaimed independence from the Czech Republic. On January 1st, 1993,
Slovakia became a sovereign state again.
Slovakia became effective on 29.03.2004 NATO and on 01/05/2004 with
the European Union.
Slovakia: Known People
Architects and builders
- Emil Belluš (1899-1979)
architect and set designer. In 1946 he received the Slovak National Prize.
- Fridrich Weinwurm (1885 - 1942)
architect who worked in Pressburg.
- Jozef Chrobák (born 1927)
architect and caricaturist.
- Blažej Bulla (1852-1919)
architect and interior designer
- Jozef Božetech Klemens (1817-1883)
- Ján Levoslav Bella (1843-1936)
composer. The Conservatory in Banská Bystrica was named after Ján Levoslav
- Juraj Beneš (1940 - 2004)
composer, teacher and pianist.
- Ladislav Karol Kupkovic (born 1936)
composer, conductor and university professor. He lives near Hanover and has
been a professor at the Hanover University of Music and Theater since 1978.
- Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806 - 1856)
composer and guitar virtuoso.
- Alexander Moyzes (1906-1984)
composer. Together with Eugen Suchon and Ján Cikker, Moyzes forms the
composer's triad that laid the foundation for the development of Slovak
Politicians and rulers
- Mikuláš Dzurinda (born 1955)
Prime Minister of Slovakia since October 30, 1998
- Alexander Dubcek (1921 - 1992)
politician and leading figure of the so-called Prague Spring of 1968.
- Ivan Gašparovic (born 1941)
politician and President of Slovakia since June 15, 2004.
- Andrej Hlinka (1864-1938)
priest, politician and leader of the Slovak patriots. He is depicted on the
1000 kroner banknote of today's Slovakia.
- Gustáv Husák (1913 - 1991)
He was President of Czechoslovakia from 1975 to 1989.
- Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880 - 1919)
He was a politician, astronomer, diplomat, adventurer and officer, French
military pilot, later a general. From 1912 to 1918 he was a French
citizen. From 1918 he was Minister of War of Czechoslovakia and involved in
the founding of Czechoslovakia. His tomb is on Bradlo Hill in the Myjavská
- Ludovít Štúr (1815 - 1856)
philologist, writer and politician. In the revolutionary year of 1848 he was
an organizer and leader of the Slovak freedom struggle.
Writer and poet
- Ján Kollár (1793 - 1852)
He was one of the most important poets and scholars of the 19th century.
- Juraj Papánek (1738-1802)
Catholic clergyman and historian.
- Pavel Jozef Šafárik (1795 - 1861)
He was a scientist and poet.
- Július Satinský (1941-2002)
author and actor.
- Peter Puskás (born 1923)
writer of the second half of the 20th century. After the war he worked as a
journalist in Bratislava and Prague. In the 1970s he emigrated to
Austria. His most famous book "From the Eger to the Tisza".
- Michal Hvorecký (born 1976)
He is one of the most important contemporary authors and journalists.
- Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav (1849-1921)
- Daniela Hantuchova (born 1983)
She is one of the world's best tennis players.
- Martina Jasicova (born 1983)
- Miroslav Satan (born 1974)
He is one of the world's best ice hockey players and 2002 world champion.
- Peter Bondra (born 1968)
He is one of the world's best ice hockey players and world champion from
Theologians and philosophers
The wild animals of the Carpathian Mountains are wolves, lynxes, wild
cats and brown bears in the High and Low Tatras.
Brown bears belong to the family of real bears and are distributed throughout
the northern hemisphere. However, there are also numerous subspecies of the
brown bear. The European brown bear, which occurs in Slovakia, also lives in
the Alps, the Pyrenees, in Eastern and Southern Europe and in Scandinavia. They
inhabit mountain regions and areas with little or no trees. The predator is
omnivorous, with the vegetable part being the predominant part. This includes
ripe berries, fruits and roots. The animal part is made up of insects,
ground-breeding birds, small rodents, ungulates and also carrion.
The brown bear hibernates between October and April. During this time, the
young are born. A fully grown male can reach a height of 2.30 m and a weight of
350 kg. The brown bear can be dangerous to humans if it is surprised or if the
mother animal has the feeling that it has to defend its cub.
The Tatra chamois, like the Tatra marmot, is a symbol of the Tatra National
Park. It developed after the end of the last ice age as a subspecies of the
chamois and is mainly at home on alpine meadows and on mountain slopes at
altitudes above 1,700 m.
It becomes up to 75 - 85 cm long and 70 - 90 cm high. The curved horn is present
in both males and females. The Tatra chamois is classified as critically
Other animals of the High Tatras are roe deer, deer, wild boars, foxes,
squirrels and snow mice.
The otter is also native to Slovakia.
In the Muránska Planina National Park you can admire 18 bat species.
The green lizard is one of the lizards found in Slovakia, but it is not very
With a body length of around 50 cm, it is one of the four largest lizards in the
world, even if 2/3 of them are on the tail. Their diet consists of insects,
spiders, worms and snails. A special feature that it has in common with some
other lizard species is that it can actively detach its tail from its body in a
dangerous situation. This wriggles for around 20 minutes and thus distracts the
robber from the fleeing lizard. After a while the tail grows back, but then it
can no longer be separated. The green lizard inhabits mostly dry terrain with a
lot of sunshine, meadows with bushes, scree slopes, light hedges and rocky
slopes. Another type of lizard is the wall lizard, which lives in the Slovak
Kars National Park. She has strong legs a long tail and reaches a total length
of 22 cm. Due to its high need for warmth, it is mostly diurnal and you can
often see it lying in the sun. It inhabits mainly dry and stony slopes, rock
faces, walls and banks. The top is gray-brown or reddish with black spots that
often form a reticulate pattern.
Außerden under local reptiles include the non-toxic grass
snake n, Aesculapian snakes and smooth snakes.
The poisonous animals include fire salamanders, which secrete a poison when
threatened, which must not come into contact with mucous membranes, open wounds
or saliva, otherwise severe symptoms of poisoning can occur.
In Slovakia only the adder occurs as a venomous snake.
The amphibians include the fire salamander and the common frog. The fire
salamander belongs to the tailed amphibians, becomes between 15 and 20 cm tall
and can be clearly recognized by its black color with yellow or reddish
spots. He prefers to stay in damp mixed deciduous and coniferous forests or pure
beech forests near rivers. Its diet consists of snails, earthworms, spiders and
Storks are widespread and common in Slovakia. On the other hand, golden
eagles, screaming eagles, white-tailed eagles and the black stork are rarely
The latter can be found in lonely and swampy forests, where it nests on
trees. It was named after its shiny black plumage, with the underside white and
the legs and beak bright red. Small vertebrates and larger insects are on the
menu. The black stork is widespread in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in
parts of Asia, but lives very withdrawn and avoids human settlements. It is
under nature protection.
The golden eagle is at home in the forests of Slovakia. It is a very large bird
of prey, in which the females can reach a wingspan of 2 m. Adult animals are
dark brown in color with red-gold reflections on the back and head. The golden
eagle's hunting grounds are wide grassy areas where it looks for small to
medium-sized mammals. These include hares, young foxes, quails and, in winter,
Other birds are the great bustard and the white storks. The great bustard
belongs to the order of the crane birds and is a very shy and sensitive bird. It
lives in the steppe areas that have remained originally or in areas used for
agriculture. But despite this closeness to humans, you rarely see them, not
least because of the inconspicuous coloration outside of the courtship. Both
males and females have brown-black patterned plumage and a light gray head and
neck. The main difference between the two is in size.
The males weigh between 8 and 16 kg, while the females weigh just 3 to 5 kg.
However, during courtship the male changes significantly. Its underside is
colored white, and it is turned upside down so that it finally turns into a
white pile of feathers. The food of the great bustard includes buds, shoots,
leaves, seeds, but also mice, lizards, grasshoppers and other small
animals. Despite its relatively wide distribution, the Great Bustard is on the
red list. A main reason for the massive decline is the industrialization of
The falcon is the symbol of the Vel'ká Fatra National Park.
And of course numerous species of songbirds and other species of birds such as
crows and pigeons live here.
More than 1,600 different butterfly species have been counted in the Pieniny
National Park, with the Apollo butterfly from the knight butterfly family
becoming the symbol of the national park. It has thinly scaled and partially
transparent white wings with black spots and rings filled with red. The
butterfly lives on flowery meadows and rock corridors. You can find it on
nectar-rich sucking plants such as thistles, knapweeds and scabiosis. With a
wingspan of 7 cm, it is one of the largest butterflies. The hairy caterpillar
lives on rocky slopes with various sedum species, on scree slopes and on
vineyard walls. You can experience the Apollo butterfly flying from the
beginning of June to August.
Common insects are grasshoppers. The Alpine longhorn beetle is one of the
most beautiful but also one of the most endangered beetles.
It has become very rare and is now considered to be critically endangered.
The ticks, which can be a carrier of Lyme disease and TBE, are not very
Bees, wasps, bumblebees, hornets, mosquitoes, flies and dragonflies also live
Typical trees in the higher regions are spruce and pine.
In the deeper zones, oak, ash and maple predominate.
The mixed forests consist of beech, oak, pine and spruce. A rarity in Central
Europe is the yew forest of the great Fatra, which is a legacy of the Tertiary.
The forest and cedar pines, the blue fir and the dwarf pines are characteristic
of the Tatra National Park.
The krammetsberry also grows in Slovakia.
This tree, which is also native to Northern Europe and Western Asia, is known
under the names mountain ash, quitsche, blackberry or rowan. The tree can reach
an average height of 1 m and is often used as an ornamental tree in gardens and
parks. It owes its name to its orange- to red-colored fruits, which birds like
to eat, especially Krammet birds and juniper thrushes. Contrary to popular
belief, the fruits are not poisonous for humans but are inedible because their
taste is determined by malic acid and tannins.
Soy plants and hops are grown in Slovakia. Furthermore wine, potatoes, beets,
corn and various types of grain. You can also experience the yellow rapeseed
An essence can be made from the bark of the actually highly poisonous daphne,
which is used for inflammation of the stomach, intestines and kidneys as well as
for rheumatism, flu and skin, ear and eye infections.
Eyebright is a meadow plant that mainly thrives on mountain slopes and can grow
up to 30 cm. The white flowers that are picked in late summer are
used. Eyebright is used externally for eye inflammation and weak eyes and
internally for coughs and sore throats. What is interesting is that the higher
the location of the plant, the more effective it is. The chrysanthemum from the
sunflower family has flowers in a wide variety of colors. These flower heads are
often used as a bath additive or extract. The plant is used for menstrual pain
and is also a component of many remedies against head lice, pubic lice and
The wormwood grows as a bush up to 1.20 m tall with small, round and yellow
flowers, widespread on rocky slopes, on dry grassy areas, on the banks of
streams and rivers, as well as on roadsides. Its bitter substances and essential
oils strengthen the stomach and stimulate the appetite. However, one should
refrain from using the medicinal plant during pregnancy.
Furthermore, larger amounts and prolonged use of wormwood can cause headaches
The protected and very poisonous daphne grows as a 40 - 150 cm large shrub in
the Great Fatra. Its branches are gray to light brown and not very branched. The
flowers appearing between February and April have 4 petals, are pink-red to
purple and very fragrant. The pea-sized berries that ripen between August and
November are bright red and contain a black seed.
The home of the daphne is Asia Minor, Northern Asia and Europe. It is mainly
found on hill country and in deciduous and mixed forests. But it also grows in
coniferous forests and in the Alps up to a height of about 2,000 m and is often
planted as an ornamental plant in gardens, parks and playgrounds. All parts are
highly poisonous, but the toxins are especially concentrated in the bark and
seeds of the berries.
10-12 berries are considered a lethal dose for an adult, and the amounts are
correspondingly smaller for children. Contact causes skin irritation with
redness, blistering and severe itching over a long period of time. When the
plant parts are ingested, the mucous membranes in the mouth and gastrointestinal
tract are severely irritated, the mouth stinging and scratching, and the lips
and the oral mucous membrane swell. Other signs of poisoning are nausea,
vomiting, increased salivation, dryness in the mouth, stomach pain, feeling
thirsty, difficulty swallowing, restlessness, headache, increased nasal
secretion, disorientation, bloody urine and watery and bloody diarrhea. Cramps,
breathing difficulties and kidney inflammation are also possible. Even if the
poisoning is over, Kidney damage and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract can
persist for a long time. All signs of poisoning must always be taken very
seriously, as 1/3 of all daphne poisoning is fatal.
The yew, an evergreen conifer that can grow up to 20 m high, is also highly
poisonous. Overall, the yew has become rare, as it used to be almost extinct
because of its wood. In addition to the needles, the seeds are also poisonous,
as they mature in the first green, then red seed coat, which is non-toxic
itself. The numerous symptoms of intoxication are vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness,
abdominal pain, dilated pupils and even unconsciousness. Death from cardiac
arrest often occurs after 1.5 hours. The deadly nightshade and a number of
mushrooms are also poisonous, although the cap mushroom, which can be confused
with the meadow mushroom, contains a deadly poison.
Endemic plants (only occurring in Slovakia) are the sea-eye lady's mantle,
eyebright and wax flower. Alpine edelweiss, white pasque flower and the strictly
protected spotted glacier gentian grow in the Low Tatras.
The red-brown lady's slipper is an orchid from the Little Fatra. It is between
20 and 60 cm tall, and its clog-like flowers are golden yellow and purple-blue
veined. It grows mainly in light mixed forests as well as on the edges of
forests and bushes. The red-brown lady's slipper is common and very rare in the
Alps, the Pyrenees and Norway.
The plants of the Great Fatra include the protected alpine asters growing on
sunny and calcareous stone lawns, the poisonous daphne and the special Fatra
A specialty in Pieniny is the spar bush.
Other plants that also grow here are the knapweed, the chrysanthemum and
The Fatra cyclamen, the numerous fern species and the marigold grow in the Great
Fatra National Park.
The wax flower, which originates from southern China, East India and
Australia, is a climbing plant whose meter-long shoots lignify with age. The
star-shaped, white to light pink flowers, especially at night, are striking.
The wormwood originally comes from North Africa and Southern Europe.