Slovakia

Slovakia is placed in central Europe. The country shares borders with Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. In 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully parted ways to form what is now known as Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 5.4 million
Ethnic Groups: Slovak (80.7%), Hungarian (8.5%), Romani (2%), Other and Unspecified (8.8%)
Languages: Slovak (Official) (78.6%), Hungarian (9.4%), Roma (2.3%), Ruthenian (1%), Other or Unspecified (8.8%)
Religions: Roman Catholic (62%), Protestant (8.2%), Greek Catholic (3.8%), Other or Unspecified (12.5%), None (13.4%)
Capital: Bratislava
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 13, 2017

Slovaks in Toronto

Slovak Population:
In Canada: 64,145
In the GTA: 11,780
In the City of Toronto: 4,860

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Oakville, Milton, Caledon, King, Newmarket, Aurora, Whitchurch-Stoufville, and City of Toronto.

Despite being occupied by various empires and Nazi Germany, Slovak national pride helped maintain a unique language and culture to this day. Since Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and Czech Republic in a peaceful settlement in 1993 which is known as the "Velvet Divorce", Slovakia has successfully developed into a nation with a flourishing economy. Post-Communism privatization and foreign investment were both very helpful. Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, and is a more religious society than the Czech Republic. Religious activity and private religious schools were banned under Communism, but the churches and religious schools made a comeback when Communism fell. Today, there is freedom of religion. With such a large Roman Catholic population, it is unsurprising that most Slovaks celebrate Catholic holidays and mark major life events (birth, marriage, and death) according to Catholic traditions.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Masaryk Memorial Institute Inc.
450 Scarborough Golf Club Road
Toronto, ON
M1G 1H1
Phone: 416-439-4354

Settlement.org

Toronto Slovak Community

Churches in the GTA

St. Paul’s Slovak Lutheran Church of Augsburg Confession
1444 Davenport Road
Toronto, ON
M6H 2H8
Phone: 416-658-9793

Sts. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Roman Catholic Parish
5255 Thornwood Drive
Mississauga, ON
L4Z 3J3
Phone: 905-712-1200


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