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Location  Europe
Capital  Bratislava
Area  49,035 sq km
Population  5,445,040
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  • Slovakia became the 16th member of the eurozone, an economic union of European countries that have adopted the euro as their common currency, on 1 January 2009. Slovaks adopted the euro hoping greater economic convergence with richer European Union states.[1]

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  • Slovak woman tennis player Dominika Cibulková on 25 January 2014 became the first Slovakian to play in a Grand Slam singles final. Dominika faced Li Na of China in Australian Open in her first Major final, losing the match 7-6 (3), 6-0.[2]

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  • Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won gold in Women's 7.5 km Sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[3]

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  • Slovak tennis star Dominika Cibulková won women's singles title at the 2014 Mexican Open tennis tournament beating American Christina McHale 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 in the final.

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  • Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia won gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics in the women’s visually impaired downhill event.[4]

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  • Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on 10 March 2018 in women's vision impaired downhill skiing.[5]

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  • Zuzana Stevulova of Slovakia, director of the Human Rights League (HRL) – Slovakia’s premier NGO providing legal and other assistance to refugees, was awarded the 2016 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 29 March 2016 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Slovakia became member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance, on March 29, 2004.[6]

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  • Zuzana Caputova won Slovakia's presidential election on 30 March 2019, making her the country's first female head of state.

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  • Zuzana Caputova of Slovakia won the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, considered as the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmentalism, on 17 April 2016. A public interest lawyer, Zuzana spearheaded a successful campaign that shut down a toxic waste dump that was poisoning the land, air and water in her community, setting a precedent for public participation in post-communist Slovakia.[7]

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  • Slovakia and Ukraine signed a deal on 28 April 2014 that allows the European Union to send gas to Ukraine. Under the deal Slovakia will reinstate a disused pipeline that will be capable of supplying 3 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year to Ukraine.[8]

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  • Dr Michal Novák of Slovakia was presented with the His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prize for Research in Health Care for the Elderly and in Health Promotion on 27 May 2016 during the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly.[9]

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  • Anti-corruption activist Zuzana Caputova sworn in as Slovakia's first female president on 15 June 2019.

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  • Slovakia successfully launched a satellite on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 powered by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 23 June 2017.[10]

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  • Scientists from Slovakia and England have produced a series of intricate hand-drawn recreations of the cranial structure of Gephyrostegus, which is a 308-million-year-old lizard-like vertebrate that could potentially be the earliest example of a reptile. Their results are detailed in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on 8 July 2014.[11]
  • Iveta Radičová assumed office as the first female Prime Minister of Slovakia on July 8, 2010. Earlier she worked as a professor of philosophy at Comenius University in Bratislava and holds a PhD in philosophy.

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  • Slovakia won the Canoe Double (C2) Men Canoe Slalom gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Matej Toth of Slovakia won the Men's 50km Walk gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Slovakian Matej Toth captured the world title in the men's 50 kilometers walk on 29 August 2015 with a stunning victory at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

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  • Jan Riapos of Slovakia won gold medal in the Men's Singles Table Tennis - Class 2 at the London Paralympics on 3 September 2012 beating Kim Kyung Mook of Republic of Korea 3-1 in the final.[12]

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  • Cyclist Peter Sagan of Slovakia became the first man to win three successive World Championship men's road race titles with victory in Norway on 24 September 2017.

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  • Slovakia beat Luxembourg 4-2 on 12 October 2015 to advance to the European Football Championship, for the first time as an independent nation, to be held in France in 2016. Slovakia last played at the European Championship in 1992 as member of Czechoslovakia.

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  • Slovakia was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017 for a 3-year term starting on 1 January 2018.[13]

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  • Slovakian flying car prototype Aeromobil Version 2.5 has completed its maiden test flight, as first reported on 20 October 2013.[14]

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  • Bagpipe culture in Slovakia was added to the 2015 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[15]

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