Quick Facts

  • Officially The Slovak Republic
  • Declared Independence with Czech Republic on January 1st, 1993 in the Velvet Divorce
  • Capital city is Bratislava
  • Divided into Eight Krajov (regions)
  • Official language:  Slovak
  • Major religions – Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Greek Catholic
  • Population – 5,445,324
  • Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union and the OECD.
  • Literacy Rate: 99.6%
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

President: Ivan Gašparovič

Prime Minister: Iveta Radičová

Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate – 6.47 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Maternal mortality rate – 6 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Life expectancy – 76.03 years
  • Health expenditure – 8.5% GDP
  • Physician density ratio – 3/1000
  • Hospital bed density – 6.56/1000
  • HIV – less than 0.1%
  • Infectious disease risk – Low
  • Infectious diseases – Tickborne encephalitis (TBE), tuberculosis, and H5N1 Avian Flu Virus
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Field Stories

        My first medical  mission trip:    In the following pages I will talk about my experiences on my first trip to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in January 2010.   The biggest “first” is it was my first medical trip outside the United States.  I had done disaster relief for Hurricane […]

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