Slovakian Cultures

Slovakia is double the size of the state of New Hampshire. Approximately 81 percent of Slovakia’s population are Slovaks. Hungarians (Magyars) are the largest minority (9 percent), and most live in southern Slovakia.

From the scenic roads winding through the northern mountains to the modern cities of Bratislava and Nitra, Slovakia has many adventures to offer in the geographic center of Europe. A true “café culture,” cobblestone streets and delicious pastries paint the picture of Slovak towns, while beautiful mountains, plains, forests, and famous hot springs define the countryside.

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Slovakian People and Community

Market in Slovakia

Generally, Slovak families have one or two children. Families are typically close-knit, maintain tight relationships with grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Families that live in rural areas often live with grandparents, and families in urban areas often live nearby and get together regularly. In Slovakia, men and women more commonly share household shores, financial responsibilities, and decision-making. Common family activities in Slovakia include going to the movies, hiking, camping, and attending local festivals and other cultural events.

Language and Communication Styles

Slovakian community with Slovak Flag

Slovak refers to an inhabitant of Slovakia, as well as the language. It is closely related to the other West Slavic languages, (primarily Czech), but also has been influenced by Latin, German, and English.

Food in Slovakia

slovak meal food

Slovakian food tends focus on meat served with dumplings or potatoes. The national dish is bryndzove halusky, dumplings with cheese and bacon. You can also expect to have lots of bread with most meals and vegetables like cabbage and potatoes. Try the delicious pastries and sweets. Vegetarianism might not be very common but it’s possible to get by without eating meat.

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