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Slovakia
Capital:
Bratislava
Population:
5,423,567 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
In 1918 the Slovaks joined the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a Communist nation within Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe. Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993. Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.
Government type:
parliamentary democracy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $72.29 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
1,375,800 (2003)
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