CLIMATE IN SLOVAKIA
As a country in central Europe, Slovakia is a land of moderate climate. There are four distinct season rotating each year, beginning with spring in March, Spring in Slovakia, as well as autumn, is a season of frequent weather changes. Temperatures usually hover around 9° C
Summer in Slovakia tend to be fairly hot, even tropical with heath waves in lowlands. The hottest period, with temperatures reaching 30° C to 35° C or slightly above in lowlands, is July and August.
In Summer (and at any time while climbing the high peaks of Slovakian mountains), the sunlight is a number one thing to be aware of.
Winter season Average temperatures keep jumping between -5° C and -10° C or lower. , Slovakia can provide plenty of such activities in its mountain areas, which often stay sunny throughout the day, no matter what do the skies look like down in the valleys.
The average rainfall in lowlands is about 600 millimeters per year, in midlands about 700 millimeters per year and the biggest average rainfall rate belongs to mountain areas – approximately 1500 millimeters per year. Majority of rainfall happens in June and July.
The official language in Slovakia is Slovak. Employees in most institutions (banks, restaurants, hotels …) and the young generation generally fluent in English, the second most common use of a foreign language is German.
There are many courses of Slovak language for foreigners.
EDUCATION IN SLOVAKIA
The general education in Slovakia is free of charge – you don’t have to pay if you go to a state school but in most private schools you have to pay fees. School attendance in Slovakia is compulsory for children aged from 6 to 15 years.
Education in Slovakia has these stages:
- Pre-school education (nursery, kindergartens – children from 3 to 6 years old)
- Primary schools (from 6 to 15 years old)
- Secondary schools (take from 3 to 4 years to complete secondary education, you have to pass the final exam – leaving examination)
- Universities (Bachelor´s Degree, Master´s Degree)
International schools in Bratislava
- The British International School
- BISB provides a quality education for children aged between three and nineteen with Cambridge IGCSE public examinations taken at age 16
- Cambridge International School
- CIS provides a full English education for students from 3 to 18 years old.
- L’École Française de Bratislava
- Accredited by the French Ministry of National Education, comprises a pre-school level (3 to 6 years old) and primary school (6 to 15 years old)
- Deutsche Schule Bratislava
- Pre-school level, primary school and secondary school programs. The language of instruction is German, but Slovak, English and French are also taught later
Institute for Language and Academic Preparation for Foreign Students of the Comenius University in Bratislava.
It is the only institute in the country preparing foreign students for the study of every type of higher education institution in the Slovak Republic. It provides students that wish to study at a Slovak university the teaching of Slovak language and certain profile subjects.
The foreign students can attend also other Slovak language courses at selected private language schools:
- International House Caledonian School: http://ihbratislava.sk/
- Eurolingua: www.eurolingua.sk
- E – KU: www.eku.sk
HEALTH CARE IN SLOVAKIA
The healthcare system in Slovakia falls under the competence of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic. There are state and private health care providers.
If a foreign national wants to use the services of Slovak healthcare system, these may be covered either by direct payment (usually cash, or using a card, if available) or by health insurance.
If a foreign national has health insurance (which has to be demonstrated by showing a health insurance company ID card or other relevant document to a nurse/doctor), the health care provided is paid for by the insurance company. If a foreign national does not have health insurance, he/she must pay the full amount for healthcare provided.
Highly specialized hospitals are situated in Bratislava, Martin, Banská Bystrica and Košice.
Emergency phone numbers: 155 and 112
Insurance companies in Slovakia:
- General Health Insurance Company (state-owned)
- Dôvera Health Insurance Company (private)
- Union Health Insurance Company (private)
Public medical facilities in Bratislava:
Private medical facilities in Bratislava:
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DRIVING IN SLOVAKIA
The speed limit on the roads in town or city is 50km/h, out of town 90 km/h (R1 – R8) and on the motorway 130 km/h (D1 – D4)
D1 starts in Bratislava and finishes on the border in Vysne Nemecke.
D2 starts in Brodske and finishes in Rusovce.
D3 starts in Hricovske Podhradie and ends in Skalite.
D4 starts in Kittsee Jarovce and finishes on the border with Austria.
It is necessary to have a toll sticker (vignette) if you want to drive on the motorway in Slovakia. The price of toll sticker for one year is 50 €. You can buy the toll ticket in post offices and on the gas stations.
The blood alcohol tolerance level is zero percent. Do not use your phone while driving a car, it is forbidden.
- Be 18 or over
- Wear your seatbelt at all times (this applies to everyone in the car)
- Wear a crash helmet if you’re riding a motorcycle
- Use dipped headlights at all times
- Children under age 12 and less than 1.5m tall are not allowed to travel in the front seats
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PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN SLOVAKIA
The public transport system in Slovakia is performed by system of buses, trains, trolleybuses, tramways or taxis. Regular rail and bus lines facilitate the transport of passengers beyond the Slovakian borders to Vienna, London, Budapest, Prague, etc. Taxi service is available in every town.
The journey from Bratislava to Poprad – High Tatras takes less than 4 hours and to Košice ( the second largest city in Slovakia ) takes about 5 hours. Prices are around €20.
The journey from Bratislava to Banska Bystrica takes about 3.5 hours.. The ticket fare to Banska Bystrica is about € 10. Trains from Vienna in Austria to Bratislava in Slovakia depart 2x every hour. There are direct train.
There is a regular service from Bratislava to Budapest, Warsaw or Berlin several times a day and regular services to Prague every two hours throughout the day,
Regular international bus lines in Slovakia provide the transport of passengers from Bratislava to Schwechat Airport in Vienna, the city of Vienna, Prague Brussels, London, Munich, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Budapest, Györ, Rotterdam, Rome, Bolzano, Verona, Milan, Split, and many more. T
The passenger transport over long distances between cities is performed by the long-distance bus lines in Slovakia.
The passenger transport over short distances between neighbouring cities and villages is performed by the local bus lines.
Municipal Public Transport
The public transportation in Slovakia performs the city transport services by system of buses, tramways or trolleybuses. Bus tickets can be purchased at any newsagent or ticket dispenser located on the bus stop.
Taxi service in Slovakia
Taxis are part of the public transport system in Slovakia. Taxi cabs are available even in small towns of Slovakia. Usually the taxi rank is located next to the train and the bus station. If you are planning to travel by taxi, and there is no taxi rank nearby, to get information about the taxi service numbers you should call 1181.
Taxi tariff is about €0,50 per kilometre.
The taxi fare from Bratislava to Schwechat Airport in Vienna is € 40.
1 January (1993)
Day od Establishment of the Slovak Republic
Epiphany (The Three Magi)
International Workers’ Day
8 May (1945)
Day of victory over fascism
St. Cyril and Methodius Day
29 August (1944)
Slovak National Uprising anniversary
1 September (1992)
Day of the Constitution of the Slovak repubic
Day od Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
All Saints´ Day
Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
St. Stephen´s Day