Slovakia is placed in central Europe. The country shares borders with Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Slovakia and the Czech Republic parted ways peacefully in 1993. (They were previously Czechoslovakia).
Population: 5 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Slovak (80.7%), Hungarian (8.5%), Roma (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%)
SLOVAKS IN TORONTO
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, 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.
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