Traditionally, Slovaks were what could be termed the “peasant class.” Their links to the earth and land still remain to this day.
Since tradition is valued, it is often helpful to give a bit of historical background or context before starting a meeting or new program.
Slovaks do not need a tremendous amount of background information to feel comfortable proceeding with a transaction, although they do require some information and may ask questions until they feel comfortable and are able to proceed satisfactorily.
Location: Central Europe, south of Poland and sharing borders with Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine Capital: Bratislava Climate: temperate; generally warm summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters Population: 5,443,583 (2014 est.) Ethnic Make-up: Slovak 85.8%, Hungarian 9.7%, Roma 1.7%, Ruthenian/Ukrainian 1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census) Religions: Roman Catholic 68.9%, Protestant 10.8%, Greek Catholic 4.1%, other or unspecified 3.2%, none 13% (2001 census) Government: parliamentary democracy The Slovak language, sometimes referred to as "Slovakian", is an Indo-European language belonging to the West Slavic languages (together with Czech, Polish, Kashubian and Sorbian). Slovak, as a written language, did not exist until the end of the 18th Century, when Anton Bernolak, a Roman Catholic priest set about to create a Slovak literary language.
He based his creation on the Western Slovakian dialect and produced a phonetic spelling (one that is written as it is pronounced).
Slovakia has a large number of natural curative springs as well as extensive deposits of high-quality healing peat and mud.