Area: 18,917 square miles
Languages: Slovak is the official language; Hungarian is also spoken.
Location: Slovakia is bordered by Austria, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Geography: Situated in central Europe, Slovakia has a strategic position as a “bridge” between the countries of Austria (on its west) and Ukraine (on its east), and Hungary (to the south) and Poland (to the north); it’s also bordered by the Czech Republic (to the northwest). The land has rugged mountains, rich in mineral resources, and vast forests and pastures. The Carpathian Mountains dominate the topography of Slovakia, with lowland areas in the southern region.
Population (2007 estimate): 5,447,502
Religion: Roman Catholic 60%, atheist 9.7%, Protestant 8.4%
Time zone: Slovakia is on Central Europe Time, six hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Bratislava. Daylight Saving Time begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.