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The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of Slovakia

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One of the fast becoming famous tourist destinations in Europe now is Slovakia. Typically, one would think that Slovakia is a laid back country and that people are still lining up on food queues to get their rations. However, thanks to political and economic reforms instituted, a country that was under communism 2 decades back is now a capitalistic advanced economy.

One remarkable thing about Slovakia is that it gives total religious practice freedom to anyone. Slovakia is generally characterized by Roman Catholics with 60.4% of the population of 5 million adhering to its doctrines, 9.6% are atheists or doesn’t practice any religion at all, 5% are Eastern Orthodox and 19% are classified as others.

With regards to politics, Slovakia has a parliamentary democratic form that allows for a multi-party system. They vote a president as head of state who in turn appoints a prime minister who runs the government.

Although all of Europe are fanatics of soccer, Slovakians are more in love with the sport, ice hockey. In fact, a lot of players in the NHL, the premier league in the world of hockey, are Slovaks and so whenever there’s a game of hockey shown live expect the bars getting noisier than usual as they cannot help but root for their countrymen.

When it comes to food, there is really nothing they can call their own yet like when you say an Italian or French cuisine but a typical traditional Slovak would have potatoes, cheese, bread, cabbage, onions as bases of traditional food and would generally eat pork, beef, chicken and fish for meat. Famous must-try Slovakian concoction is the bryndzove halusky, dumplings made from potato with sheep cheese and scrambled bacons for toppings.

Slovakians are also art lovers. They love to go to theaters and museums which their country is plenty of. They have a rich folk tradition as Slovakian’s history of suppression forced them into it and also because of its mountainous terrain, which by the way are now becoming popular ski resorts.

Right now, the Slovak culture is really hard to characterize as their sovereignty as a nation is in its infancy stage and political and economic reforms is a work in progress. Who knows, 5 to 10 years from now, Slovakia could be the center of trade in Europe.

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