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How a Slovakian neo-Nazi got elected | World news  The Guardian

The long read: In 2013, the far-right politician Marian Kotleba won a shock victory in regional elections. Four years later, he was voted out in a landslide. But now ...

The Guardian
Protest gatherings will return to Slovakia one year after the murders of Kuciak and Kušnírová  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová on ...

The Slovak Spectator
Spectacular Slovakia #22: Looking for a scenic day trip? Walk to Poland and the Czech Republic  The Slovak Spectator

What does a New Yorker appreciate about the remote region of Kysuce?

The Slovak Spectator
“By a sharp knife” cuts through the heart of injustice in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

A film inspired by the 2005 murder of student Daniel Tupý will be premiered to the Slovak public on February 21.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia's Petra Vlhova is a 'very strong rival' for Mikaela Shiffrin  Aspen Times

ARE, Sweden — If Mikaela Shiffrin can be likened to a sleek, technically perfect Formula One car, the Slovakian skier who is developing into her biggest rival is ...

Aspen Times
Taking photos with drones requires firms to obtain security clearance in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The Defence Ministry fears companies could record secret activities.

The Slovak Spectator
Love experiment: Find your soulmate in Slovakia's Love Bank  The Slovak Spectator

The Love Bank in Banská Štiavnica wants to help 100000 single people find their everlasting love.

The Slovak Spectator
Prosecutor dismisses criminal complaint against For a Decent Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

An anonymous criminal complaint against the organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia protest gatherings has been turned down by the prosecutor. According to ...

The Slovak Spectator
Klub 500: Trouble-ridden German Economy Could Drag Down Slovakia  TASR

Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) – According to large employers association Klub 500, the export-oriented Slovak economy will be among the first economies to ...

Nigeria opponents, Slovakia announce squad for Cyprus Women's Cup  Goal.com

With two weeks to the international tournament, coach Peter Kopúň has announced his squad to engage their foes, including Nigeria in Cyprus.

Jaguar Land Rover helped Slovakia's industrial production grow  The Slovak Spectator

But the industrial sectors are expected to slow down in the following months, except for the car industry.

The Slovak Spectator
Will Slovakia recognise Venezuela's interim president?  The Slovak Spectator

"As for now, we do not have a political stand to adopt a definite position of the Slovak Republic on the situation in Venezuela," said Foreign Affairs Minister ...

The Slovak Spectator
Pompeo to visit Hungary and Slovakia, and join Pence in Poland  The Irish Times

US secretary of state and vice-president to visit central Europe to seek more co-operation.

The Irish Times
Slovakia breaks record in car production, but future is electric  The Slovak Spectator

This year will be extremely demanding for the car industry in Slovakia.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia's biggest web hosting firm changes hands  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia's biggest web hosting company, WebSupport, will have new owners. One of its co-founders, Michal Truban, along with his partners, sold it to the Danish ...

The Slovak Spectator
Polish envoy to Slovakia summoned over tainted meat scandal  Seattle Times

BRATSLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's agriculture minister summoned the Polish ambassador to Bratislava on Friday over a scandal in which meat from sick ...

Seattle Times
FinMin analysis: Slovakia is behind its cyclic growth peak  The Slovak Spectator

The Finance Ministry has revised its economic growth forecast for this year downwards. Compared with last September, it worsened the prediction by 0.5 points ...

The Slovak Spectator
Hamsik flies to Slovakia: Napoli to close deal with Dalian next week  Calciomercato.com english news

After Napoli's tough statement on Wednesday regarding the suspension of Marek Hamsik's transfer to Dalian Yifang, the agent of the Slovakian midfielder went ...

Calciomercato.com english news
Canada, Slovakia tied at Davis Cup  TSN

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Canada and Slovakia split the opening singles matches of their Davis Cup tie on Friday, setting up a crucial doubles match that will ...

Blog: The regions need to redefine the way Slovakia is governed  The Slovak Spectator

Anton Marcinčin shares his opinions on regional policies as well as life in the regions drawing from his experience as the Government Plenipotentiary for ...

The Slovak Spectator
One of the organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia gatherings intimidated  The Slovak Spectator

The initiative is ready to submit a criminal complaint.

The Slovak Spectator
Foreigners: Top 10 February events in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

It is time to play games, try horn sledging, explore romantic stories at a castle this month, or take part in one of the many happenings in regions around Slovakia.

The Slovak Spectator
How much do Slovaks spend on alcohol?  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia is one of 10 EU countries spending the most.

The Slovak Spectator
How does fresh meat get to the butcher's shop in Slovakia?  The Slovak Spectator

You cannot determine if meat is *fresh* just by looking at it in the store.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovak assembly fails to pick top judge candidates, plunging court into crisis  Reuters

Slovakia's lawmakers on Thursday failed to pick any candidates for seats on the constitutional court, rendering the country's top judicial institution largely ...

Slovakia has no evidence of Huawei security threat - prime minister  Reuters

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia does not consider Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei as a security threat and would need evidence the company's ...

Wake up, Slovakia!  The Slovak Spectator

It is time to stop public information from being effectively hidden from public view.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia is less flexible due to work surcharges  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia has become less flexible in employment. Its position in the Employment Flexibility Index has dropped by six places in 2019, the Institute of Economic ...

The Slovak Spectator
Which are the largest business service centres in Slovakia?  The Slovak Spectator

Analysis of the segment of centres that serve the entire world from Slovakia.

The Slovak Spectator
Economic freedom in Slovakia worsens slightly  The Slovak Spectator

Economic freedom in Slovakia has worsened slightly. The country ranked 65th of 180 countries surveyed in the latest Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), ...

The Slovak Spectator
Romanian companies are on the rise in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Romanian companies are increasing in Slovakia, indicates the analysis of the Bisnode consulting company, which mapped the development of the number of ...

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia declines to back Venezuela's Guaido as Maduro faces rising pressure  Manila Bulletin

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia declined to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state on Wednesday, joining Italy in ...

Manila Bulletin
Slovakia makes innovation progress in IT sector  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia innovates in the IT sector the most, but lacks innovation in areas such as medicine, biomedicine and robotics. This stems from the Global Innovation ...

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia had followers of Palach  The Slovak Spectator

A young man arrived in front of the National Museum building in Prague in the afternoon of January 16, 1969, poured petrol over his body and set himself on fire.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia faces an important vote: How will the country look in the next 12 years?  The Slovak Spectator

The quality of the Constitutional Court, the last instance of defence of constitutionality in the country, depends on its 13 judges.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks do not consider anti-Semitism a problem  The Slovak Spectator

It is not a problem in media or politics for two-thirds of respondents in the Eurobarometer survey.

The Slovak Spectator
Spectacular Slovakia #18: Be a miner for a day  The Slovak Spectator

You cannot walk more than a few metres without seeing some symbol of Banská Štiavnica's rich mining history.

The Slovak Spectator
Gambling rules in Slovakia will change  The Slovak Spectator

The parliament overrode the president's veto and adopted the change with the help of some opposition MPs.

The Slovak Spectator
Volkswagen to cut staff in Slovakia for first time in a decade  euronews

By Tatiana Jancarikova BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Volkswagen's business in Slovakia, the country's biggest car plant and largest private sector employer, plans to ...

The Ills: “We think Slovakia has a lot to offer musically”  DIY Magazine

Ahead of their second trip to ESNS 2019, we spoke to the Slovakian band melding together post-rock and electronica.

DIY Magazine
Meat from sick cows in Poland reportedly not exported to Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Shortly after an undercover film showing how sick cows are being secretly slaughtered in Poland was aired on Polish TV station TVN24, many European ...

The Slovak Spectator
Commission vice president to run for president in Slovakia  POLITICO.eu

Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission's vice president for the energy union, has formally announced his candidacy for Slovakia's presidency. “Our country ...

Most foreigners working in Slovakia are Serbs  The Slovak Spectator

The number of foreign workers continued to rise in December 2018.

The Slovak Spectator
Iranians and Syrians struggle to open bank accounts in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Imagine you need to visit the bank in person whenever you need to perform a basic operation, like paying your rent, internet fees, health insurance, or other ...

The Slovak Spectator
The perception of corruption in Slovakia has been the worst since 2013  The Slovak Spectator

The murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak has underscored Slovakia's disability to fight corruption.

The Slovak Spectator
See how north Slovakia deals with snow  The Slovak Spectator

The Orava region was among those hit by snowy weather the most.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia's JOJ acquires Czech channel provider Československá Filmová Společnost  Digital TV Europe

Slovakian commercial broadcast outfit JOJ Group has agreed the acquisition of 100% control of Czech channel provider Československá Filmová Společnost, ...

Digital TV Europe
Slovakia –Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and František Ružička (Paris, 18.01.19)  France Diplomatie

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau is hosting her Slovak counterpart, František Ružička, today.

France Diplomatie
Brits living in Slovakia to have the same rights as EU citizens after Brexit  The Slovak Spectator

British citizens living in Slovakia will enjoy the rights of EU citizens in Slovakia if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) has confirmed.

The Slovak Spectator
Spectacular Slovakia #19: Everything but the toenails  The Slovak Spectator

Wintertime is carnival time, and in Slovak villages, it's also time to gather your family and prepare your cauldrons for zabíjačka. Naomi Hužovičová explains what ...

The Slovak Spectator
Raids in Berlin confiscate weapons smuggled from Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The special police commando launched an extensive raid against an international gang of weapons smugglers on the morning of January 24, in Berlin.

The Slovak Spectator
From whom will Slovakia purchase 3D radars?  The Slovak Spectator

Ten countries have shown an interest in delivering 3D radar systems to Slovakia, the Defence Ministry wrote on its website. It plans to spend €156 million on the ...

The Slovak Spectator
New vouchers re-spark red tape controversy  The Slovak Spectator

The cost of recreational vouchers and other new duties may emerge as a problem in times of recession.

The Slovak Spectator
Tachyum CEO Honored by President of Slovakia at State Awards Ceremony  Business Wire

Dr. Radoslav Danilak, co-founder and CEO of Tachyum Inc., was awarded the Pribina Cross, First Class by Slovakian President Andrej Kiska for innovatio.

Business Wire
Davis Cup Group I and Group II draw - Slovakia to host Switzerland  Tennis World USA

The first edition of Davis Cup Qualifiers is right behind us, with 12 teams securing the place at Davis Cup finals in Madrid in November and the other 12 that will ...

Tennis World USA
What keeps Slovaks from the ballot boxes?  POLITICO.eu

Voter turnout for the 2014 European election was just 13 percent.

Which companies in Slovakia does Brexit put in jeopardy?  The Slovak Spectator

Kia exported nearly every seventh vehicle produced in its Žilina car plant to Great Britain in 2018, making it the second most important market for the Korean ...

The Slovak Spectator
Secretary General welcomes Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE  NATO HQ

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, on Tuesday (29 January 2019) to discuss ...

Government tried to lure Slovaks back from the UK. But the promotion was weak  The Slovak Spectator

The Slovak Spectator talked to the participants of the event focused on IT and shared *service* sector workers and motivating them to come back.

The Slovak Spectator
Basketball: Case graduate Logic on top of the world playing in Slovakia  Journal Times

Samantha Logic is a grandma at the age of 26. Well, at least she sometimes feels like a senior citizen.

Journal Times
FirstFarms A/S purchases larger agriculture in Slovakia as part of growth strategy  GlobeNewswire

FirstFarms A/S has today entered Head of Terms about purchase of Hospoda Invest A/S. Hospoda Invest A/S owns 100 percent of the Slovak company, ...

Save the date for annual Slovakia at Eastertime  South Pittsburgh Reporter

Save the date and mark your calendar to experience a bit of Slovakia at Eastertime on Pittsburgh's South Side. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Prince.

South Pittsburgh Reporter
Slovakia's conflicts are insoluble, while there are no adults to own them  The Slovak Spectator

Conflict solution is a skill that can be applied to both personal and civilizational problems.

The Slovak Spectator
Banská Štiavnica becomes Slovakia's City of Culture for 2019  The Slovak Spectator

Banská Štiavnica has won a new title, the Slovak City of Culture for 2019, receiving €300,000 from the Slovak Arts Council. One of the goals is to reestablish a ...

The Slovak Spectator
Mazda Slovakia brochure reveals Skyactiv-X Euro power numbers - Autoblog  Autoblog

A brochure for the new Mazda3 in Slovakia gives final output figures as 178 horsepower and 164 pound-feet. U.S. numbers should be higher.

Canada missing Raonic, Pospisil for Davis Cup tie in Slovakia  Sportsnet.ca

Milos Raonic is not the list of players to represent Canada in the clay-court tie Feb. 1-2.

ETBU hockey team serves in Slovakia  Baptist Standard

Members of the East Texas Baptist University hockey team competed with international teams, toured significant sites, worshipped with local churches, ...

Baptist Standard
Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Slovakia leaders to meet Netanyahu in Jerusalem  The Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forged ties with central European countries viewed as more sympathetic to Israel's struggle.

The Jerusalem Post
Pompeo warns Eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling  Hartford Courant

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe ...

Hartford Courant
Success of Slovakia's NAFTA at Ukraine's Yuzivska gas field is great beacon  112 International

Ukraine's gas production starts looking up: after the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted an appropriate decision in mid-December, Slovakia's NAFTA company ...

112 International
Slovakian utility ZSE launches virtual battery for residential PV  pv magazine International

The *service*, costing €2 per month, is for residential customers that use PV products provided by the power company. The system is provided by E.ON group – a ...

pv magazine International
The Latest: Rebensburg leads giant slalom, Shiffrin in 4th  Fresno Bee

Petra Vlhova of Slovakia has won the giant slalom at the world championships, with Mikaela Shiffrin having to settle for third place for her second medal of the ...

Fresno Bee
V závode SUNGWOO HITECH Slovakia v Žiline bola dnes vyhlásená štrajková pohotovosť  Žilinak.sk

Dnešným dňom bola výborom ZO IOZ SUNGWOO HITECH Slovakia s.r.o. vyhlásená v žilinskej pobočke na Cestárskej ulici štrajková…

Valagro Enters Distribution Pact in Romania, Slovakia  Agribusiness Global

Valagro, a leading company in the production and marketing of biostimulants and other specialty nutrients, and Malagrow, a leading distributor of innovative ...

Agribusiness Global
Petra Vlhova is 'a very strong rival' for Mikaela Shiffrin  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

ARE, Sweden — If Mikaela Shiffrin can be likened to a sleek, technically perfect Formula One car, the Slovakian skier who is developing into her biggest rival is ...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent
WFCQ 2019 Trencin, Slovakia Final Day - IFF Main Site  International Floorball Federation

03/02/2019. WFC Qualifcations are over in Trencin and Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Latvia made their way to final 16 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Morning ...

International Floorball Federation
Former Slovakia PM warns government of postponing his candidature for leading top court  Devdiscourse

Slovakia's ruling Smer party chief Robert Fico gave up a bid to lead the country's top court on Tuesday and warned a coalition partner the government could be ...

Slovakian passenger service reinstated  Railway Gazette International

SLOVAKIA: Passenger services on regional Line 153 running 74 km south from Zvolen to Šahy on the Hungarian border were reinstated by national...

Railway Gazette International
Slovakia's Pohoda won two prestigious European festival awards  The Slovak Spectator

The festival organiser praised the awards and says they want to continue and improve the quality of the summer festival.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovak Joj Group Acquires Czech TV Company Portfolio  Film New Europe

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak commercial broadcaster Slovenská produkčná, which owns TV JOJ, has bought the Czech thematic channel company ...

Film New Europe
The Mike Pompeo Road Show in Central Europe  Carnegie Europe

U.S. policy toward Central Europe is driven by a blend of mercantilism and great power competition, with a dash of U.S. domestic politics. It also opens ...

Carnegie Europe
Eastern European companies fear 'chaos' of no-deal Brexit  The Guardian

Trade with central and eastern Europe already affected and local GDP could shrink by 5%

The Guardian
Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava  The Slovak Spectator

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between February 15 and February 24, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and ...

The Slovak Spectator
65000 foreigners work in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The number of foreigners working in Slovakia is growing. In October, there were about 65,000 foreigner workers, up by 17,000 compared to last year, the SITA ...

The Slovak Spectator
Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia  Washington Post

HONOLULU — Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot. Start with the flag stitched onto ...

Washington Post
Blog: Life is easier in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

That is why I am here, says a Polish woman living in Bratislava.

The Slovak Spectator
Once the same nation, the Czech Republic and Slovakia look very different religiously  Pew Research Center

On Jan. 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an event sometimes called the “Velvet Divorce.” But despite having ...

Pew Research Center
Suspects Are Arrested in Killing of Slovak Journalist and His Fiancée  The New York Times

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The police in Slovakia arrested eight people on Thursday suspected of being connected to the killing of a young investigative ...

The New York Times
Ziggy Palffy Named to 2019 IIHF Hall of Fame Class  NHL.com

Former LA Kings star is one of eight to be named in this year's International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame Class.

Slovakia again breaks record in car production  The Slovak Spectator

In 2018, more than one million vehicles rolled off the carmaker's production lines in Slovakia again. Volkswagen Slovakia, Kia Motors Slovakia, PSA Group ...

The Slovak Spectator
Five events of 2018 that changed Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The events of the year now drawing to an end prompted Slovaks to often ponder the question as to whether 2018 was a historic moment, just like most of the ...

The Slovak Spectator
TOP 10 January events in Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

Travel around Slovakia's ski resorts: ice sculptures at Hrebienok, party in Jasná, or take part in the White Trail, Slovakia's oldest skiing competition, in Skalka.

The Slovak Spectator
'We want a decent Slovakia,' demand protesters in Bratislava  Euronews English

Protesters used the anniversary of communism's fall to call for change to Slovakia's political culture.

Euronews English
Record number of Czechs happy with the state of the country's economy  Radio Prague

A full four-fifths of Czechs are happy with the state of their country's economy, the highest rating from the public in 23 years, according to a survey conducted by ...

Radio Prague
New look-out tower rises in northern Slovakia  The Slovak Spectator

The tower overlooks one of the biggest prehistoric settlements in the Slovak area.

The Slovak Spectator
PM: Slovakia is ready to respond to situation in Ukraine  The Slovak Spectator

No immediate incidents are expected for now on the border with Ukraine, but Slovakia is ready to respond anytime, said PM Peter Pellegrini after the meeting at ...

The Slovak Spectator
Blog: Slovakia needs the next big thing, says bookstore CEO  The Slovak Spectator

Michal Mesko of Martinus was inspired to create a global product after gaining an international perspective in London.

The Slovak Spectator
West has run Slovakia economically for over 100 years  The Slovak Spectator

Slovakia is now catching up with the Czech Republic.

The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia slammed for extraditing Yandiev and Roma segregation  The Slovak Spectator

The year 2018 has seen a growing xenophobic rhetoric and repressive measures, the human rights organisation Amnesty International (AI) said, giving Hungary ...

The Slovak Spectator
We meet again, Max Shalunov: Takeaways from our latest...  The Athletic

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- There's a joke among The Athletic's originals that Max Shalunov helped...

The Athletic

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Slovakia ( (listen); Slovak: Slovensko [ˈslɔʋɛnskɔ] (listen)), officially the Slovak Republic (Slovak: Slovenská republika, listen ), is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the west, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5.4 million and consists mostly of Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava, and the second largest city is Košice. The official language is Slovak.The Slavs arrived in the territory of present-day Slovakia in the 5th and 6th centuries. In the 7th century, they played a significant role in the creation of Samo's Empire and in the 9th century established the Principality of Nitra, which was later conquered by the Principality of Moravia to establish Great Moravia. In the 10th century, after the dissolution of Great Moravia, the territory was integrated into the Principality of Hungary, which would become the Kingdom of Hungary in 1000. In 1241 and 1242, much of the territory was destroyed by the Mongols during their invasion of Central and Eastern Europe. The area was recovered largely thanks to Béla IV of Hungary who also settled Germans which became an important ethnic group in the area, especially in what are today parts of central and eastern Slovakia. After World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Czechoslovak National Council established Czechoslovakia (1918–1939). A separate (First) Slovak Republic (1939–1945) existed during World War II as a totalitarian, clero-fascist one-party client state of Nazi Germany. At the end of World War II, Czechoslovakia was re-established as an independent country. A coup in 1948 ushered in a totalitarian one-party state under the Communist regime during whose rule the country existed as a satellite of the Soviet Union. Attempts for liberalization of communism in Czechoslovakia culminated in the Prague Spring, which was crushed by the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. In 1989, the Velvet Revolution ended the Communist rule in Czechoslovakia peacefully. Slovakia became an independent state on 1 January 1993 after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia, sometimes known as the Velvet Divorce.Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with a very high Human Development Index, a very high standard of living and performs favourably in measurements of civil liberties, press freedom, internet freedom, democratic governance and peacefulness. The country maintains a combination of market economy with a comprehensive social security system. Citizens of Slovakia are provided with universal health care, free education and one of the longest paid parental leave in the OECD. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009. Slovakia is also a member of the Schengen Area, NATO, the United Nations, the OECD, the WTO, CERN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Visegrád Group. Although regional income inequality is high, 90% of citizens own their homes. In 2018, Slovak citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 179 countries and territories, ranking the Slovak passport 10th in the world. As part of Eurozone, Slovak legal tender is the Euro, the world's 2nd-most-traded currency. Slovakia is the world's largest per-capita car producer with a total of 1,040,000 cars manufactured in the country in 2016 alone and the 7th largest car producer in the European Union. The car industry represents 43% of Slovakia's industrial output, and a quarter of its exports.