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Ottawa Welcomes the Slovak Republic at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park!

Ottawa Welcomes the Slovak Republic at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park!

“The Slovak Republic has an exciting and elaborate program planned for their cultural day on October 1, 2017, as part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World events, featuring food & drinks, products, art and their high-level fashion industry. Typical Slovakian food includes cheeses, meat, and special cakes along with regional wines. Some Slovak companies that are currently available in Canada will be presented, plus valuable information on Slovak tourism. Performances will include a Slovak folk dance group and a fashion show by impressive Slovak designers.” -Ottawa 2017

Slovakia is located in Central Europe and is bordered by Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary. The capital and largest city is Bratislava. Its population is over five million, mostly ethnic Slovaks, who are very proud of their history –for good and for bad.

Slovakia has a lot of reasons to be proud of itself. It has free education, a full comprehensive social security system as well as a universal health care system and one of the longest paid maternity leaves in the OECD. Its very high Human Development Index and high-income advanced economy make this country a great destination to live, invest in and explore.

This country has a very high standard of living expressed in civil liberties, press and internet freedom, democratic governance and peacefulness. In fact, those who have been there affirm that there is peacefulness everywhere!

The Slovak passport is also one of the best in the world. They have access to over 160 countries which means that they don’t need a visa to travel to such countries. However, they not only travel, but they also receive a high number of tourists. In 2016, for example, they received around five millions tourists. Although it could increase, the tourism sector has been of vital importance for the economy of the country.

Since the country became a member of the Schengen area, Slovak has become a progressively recurring tourist destination. It has folk architecture, caves, natural landscapes, mountains, spas and exciting ski resorts. Its medieval castles such as Bojnice Castle, Spiš Castle, Orava Castle, Bratislava Castle or Devín Castle are also very famous.

Historical churches with Gothic and Romanesque architecture as well as large historical centers which have been going through restoration in recent years can be found in Bratislava, Trenčín, Košice, Banská Štiavnica, Levoča, and Trnava.

Slovak artists and craftsmen folk costumes, ceramic objects, crystal glass, carved wooden figures are always in high demand by foreigners.

The car industry is greatly significant for its exports and its economy in general terms. Slovakia is the world’s largest per-capita car producer and the seventh largest car producer in the European Union.

Their traditional dishes are the bryndzové halušky, bryndzové pirohy which are made with potato dough and bryndza –a kind of salty cheese made of a sheep milk, characterized by a strong taste and aroma. Slovak wine comes predominantly from the southern areas along the Danube. White wine tends to be more popular than red or rosé as well as sweet wine is more popular than dry.

Are you now craving for more of Slovakia? Visit them this October 1 at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park from 10: a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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