Slovakia: fascinating facts and reasons to visit; Oliver Smith; Telegraph


Slovakia – Vlkolínec

England play host to Slovakia at Wembley tonight. So why not learn a little something about the visitors?

1. It’s the world’s (joint) eighth newest country

Slovakia and the Czech Republic have been two separate nations since January 1, 1993, after the Velvet Revolution was followed by the Velvet Divorce. The only newer countries are Eritrea, Palau, Timor-Leste, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and South Sudan.

2. Andy Warhol is celebrated

The pop art master’s parents came from Medzilaborce, an obscure Slovakian town. As a result, it is now the unlikely home of the world’s second-largest collection of his works (after Pittsburg).

Jonathan Knott visited for Telegraph Travel back in 2014.

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