Slovak climate is generally temperate, with four
seasons. Summers are warm with temperatures in July
averaging 21 C, while the coldest month, January,
averages-2 C. Winter brings snowfall, which usually
lasts from November to May in the Tatras. The mountains
are colder and wetter than the lowlands in general, with
most rain falling in June and July.
Language:||The official language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic
language family. Hungarian is widely spoken in the
southern regions and Rusyn is used in some parts of the
Northeast. Minority languages hold co-official status in
the municipalities in which the size of the minority
population meets the legal threshold of 20%.|
|Currency:||In 1993, the Czechoslovak federation
split in two, forming two new countries. The currency of
the Czechoslovak federation, the Czechoslovak koruna,
also split introducing two new currencies: The Czech
koruna and the Slovak koruna or crown. The Slovak
koruna (SKK) is the official currency used in Slovakia.
|Population:||The population of Slovakia in 2003 was
estimated by the United Nations at 5, 402, 000, which
placed it as number 106 in population among the 193
nations of the world. In that year approximately 11% of
the population was over 65 years of age, with another
19% of the population under 15 years of age.
|Capital City:||Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia
and, with a population of about 431, 000, also the
country's largest city.
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