50 Fascinating Facts About Slovakia

Slovakia is in Europe, yet most people are familiar with popular tourist destinations that do not always include Slovakia. However, after learning more about this nation, you will most likely alter your mind, and it will most likely be on your bucket list as well! One thing you should be aware of is that this country is rich in history and historical sites. There is made up of several castles and palaces, and you will never find a destination as abundant as this one, and you will undoubtedly wonder why you haven't visited it yet. Moving on, we've solved the issue for you by compiling a list of fascinating facts about this nation that you probably didn't know about.

Fascinating Facts

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The highest horse monument globally, reaching about 9 meters in height and constructed of stainless steel, can be seen at Samorn-Sport Cilistov's and Congress Center.
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Slovakia is home to a one-of-a-kind active geyser that erupts with water spouting up to 15 meters in the air. Every one and a half days, it bursts. Similar geysers can only be seen in Iceland. This one was discovered in Herany.
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Stará Bystrica is home to the world's only horologe that displays real solar time. It is also Slovakia's most enormous wooden statue.
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In 450 BC, the Celts began to settle in what is now Slovakia. They invented the first writing system, known as Biatec.
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Every day in our nation, one or two names are allocated. It's even on all of our calendars! This implies that when your nameday arrives, there will be a celebration, just like on your birthday.
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Slovakia has become an EU member and a member of the Eurozone.
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Slovakia has the most castles and chateaux with the highest per capita.
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The monument of St. Jakub from Master Pavol of Levoa is about 19 meters high, making it the world's tallest Gothic timber altar. Between 2012 and 2015, the altar was completely refurbished for the next hundred years.
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The Slovak climate is intermediate between temperate and continental, with generally pleasant summers and chilly, foggy, and damp winters.
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Slovakia features the only sun clock in the world that displays the exact solar time. It may be found in Stara Bystrica. In addition, it is home to Slovakia's most enormous wooden statue.
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Slovakia has the second-largest natural freshwater supply behind Austria.
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The Sport and Congress Center in Amorn-Cilistov has the world's tallest horse statue. It is entirely built of stainless steel, is about nine meters tall, and weighs 20 tonnes.
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Since 1953, the Slovak Academy of Sciences has always been the country's most prominent scientific and research organization.
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During building work in Koice, a great treasure, including approximately 3,000 gold coins, a two-meter gold chain, including 17th-century medals, was miraculously discovered (and not lost right away). It may be found at the Vychodoslovenske museum.
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Kolárove boasts Europe's longest bridge, which is entirely made of wood. It is 85 meters in length.
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Slovakia joined NATO, a political and military organization, on March 29, 2004.
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Slovakia has the second-largest natural freshwater supply behind Austria.
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Zuzana aputová became Slovakia's first female president in 2019.
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The average life expectancy of the Slovak population in 2018 was 41 years.
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Kremnica, a modest little village in central Slovakia, is the world's oldest still-operational coin factory! But why is Kremnica important? Because the town is truly built on the site of a gold mine!
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Bratislava is the present capital of Slovakia, although it was known initially as Presbourg and served as the capital of Hungary from 1536 until 1783.
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Slovakia's official language is Slovak. The significant number of accents used in Slovak writing distinguishes it. It boasts the most extended alphabet of any European language, with no less than 46 letters!
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Czechs and Slovaks have a special relationship: they understand each other. First and foremost, since they are highly similar languages, and because under Czechoslovakia, people were subjected to both languages daily, mainly via the media.
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Food is similar to Central Europe: beef, pasta, rice, potatoes... On the other hand, vegetarians will be excluded from the festivities and must make do with cheesy bread, potatoes, and an omelet as a substitute.
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According to folklore, Napoleon Bonaparte fell in love with Bratislava when visiting the city. However, many historians believe that he could not have come here...
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Despite decades of heavy exploitation, forests, primarily birch and spruce, encompass 40% of the country's surface area.
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The country with the most castles and chateaux per capita in the world.
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The geographical halfway of Europe is situated in Slovakia, near the settlement of Kremnické Bane.
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Slovakia contains nine national parks and fourteen landscape-protected areas.
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The Tatra Mountain range is shown as one of three hills on Slovakia's coat of arms.
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The Tatras are Slovakia's most extraordinary splendour, towering over the country more than 800 meters above sea level.
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Together with the three Baltic nations, Slovakia has the highest incidence of heart disease mortality in the EU.
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The tallest wooden monument in the world may be seen in the ancient medieval village of Levon. Master Paul made this magnificent masterpiece.
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Slovakia was rated the 38th wealthiest country globally by the International Monetary Fund in 2020, with a purchasing consumption of power per capita GDP of $38,321.
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Sporting events such as football, ice hockey and tennis are the most popular in Slovakia.
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The Bodrok River is Slovakia's lowest point, at 94 meters above sea level.
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Slovakia boasts over nine national parks as well as 14 protected areas, making it a true traveller's paradise.
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When it comes to possessing the most natural freshwater reserves, Slovakia ranks second only to Austria.
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Over 1300 mineral springs could be found in Slovakia.
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Slovakia gained complete independence in 1993. It subsequently became a member of the European Union in 2004.
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The Wielki Staw Hiczowy is Poland's most significant and deepest lake.
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With 3.1 persons per family, Slovakia and Poland have the most significant households in the EU.
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Throughout Slovakia, there are roughly 50 churches built of wood that stand tall.
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The earliest surviving human artifacts in Slovakia were discovered in Nové Mesto nad Váhom and dated to 270,000 BCE, during the Early Paleolithic period.
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The astronomical clock at Stara Bystrica is believed to be the most precise in the world. It is also Slovakia's most enormous wooden statue.
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So far, about 6,000 caverns have been found in Slovakia.
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The cellars underneath the castle Cerveny Kamen form Central Europe's most prominent underground complex. In contrast, the oldest pharmacy in the world was founded here in 1649.
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Vah, Slovakia's longest river, is 403 kilometres long.
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Born in Smolenice, Slovakia, Stefan Bani created and patented the first actively used parachute in 1913.
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Aside from Iceland, which has active water geysers, Slovakia also has active water geysers. These geysers spray water up to 15 meters in the air and blast it every hour and a half.

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