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Slovakia is a Safe Place

Slovakia is a peaceful country, not any more dangerous than any other EU country. Slovak people are usually very kind and helpful. However, that doesn’t mean that people should not watch their things. Mostly on large public places a wallet or a purse can be stolen. People should be very cautious when dealing with money in such places.

According to the Global Peace Index, in 2013 Slovakia was the 33rd safest country of the world.

  • Peace Index scores from 1 to 5 where 1 = most peaceful.
  • Ranked out of 144 countries where rank 1 = most peaceful country.
Information 2007 2008 2009
Overall safety index scores 1.571 1.576 1.539
Overall safety rank 17 20 24
Indicator Information
Level of distrust in other citizens 2 2
Number of external and internal conflicts fought 1 (2000-2005) 1 (2000-2005) 2.5 (2002-2007)
Estimated number of deaths from organised conflict (external) 1 1 1
Number of deaths from organised conflict (internal) 1 1 1
Level of organised conflict (internal) 1 1 1
Relations with neighbouring countries 2 2 2
Perceptions of criminality in society 2
Number of displaced people as a percentage of the population 1.006 1.004 1
Political instability 1.5 1.375 1.25
Respect for human rights 1 2 2
Potential for terrorist acts 2 1 1
Number of homicides per 100,000 people 2 2 2
Level of violent crime 2 2 2
Likelihood of violent demonstrations 2 2 2
Number of jailed population per 100,000 people 1.724 1.769 1.5
Number of internal security officers and police 100,000 people 2 2 2
Military expenditure as a percentage of GDP 1.648 1.532 1.5
Number of armed services personnel per 100,000 people 1.606 1.261 1
Volume of transfers of major conventional weapons as supplier (exports) per 100,000 people 1.678 1.492 1
Volume of transfers of major conventional weapons, as recipient (imports) per 100,000 people 1.019 1.035 1
Funding for UN peacekeeping missions (percentage of assessed contribution) 1
UN deployments 2006-2007 (percentage of total forces) 4.841 4.479
Non-UN deployments 2006-2007 (percentage of total forces) 1.544 1.407
Aggregate number of heavy weapons per 100,000 people 1.241 1.245 1
Ease of access to weapons of minor destruction 1 1 1
Military capability/sophistication 3 3 3
Democracy and Transparency
Electoral process 9.6 9.6 9.58
Functioning of government 7.5 7.1 7.14
Political participation 6.1 6.1 6.11
Political culture 5 5 5
Civil liberties 8.8 8.8 8.82
Corruption perceptions (CPI score: 10 = highly clean, 0 = highly corrupt) 4.7 4.9 5
Women in parliament (as a percentage of the total number of representatives in the lower house) 20 19.3 19.3
Political Democracy Index 7.4 7.3 7.33
Gender Inequality 0.7
Freedom of the press 2.5 1 3
International Openness
Exports + Imports % of GDP 159.6 172.6 147.7
Foreign Direct Investment (flow) % of GDP 4% 7.4% 3.6%
Number of visitors as % of domestic population 4.9% 0.3% 29.6%
Net Migration (% of total population) 0% 0% 0.1%
Demographics
15-34 year old males as a % of total population 16.5% 16.5% 16.1%
Gender ratio of population: women/men 1.062 1.062 0.94
Regional & International Framework/Conditions
The extent of regional integration 1 1 1
Education
Current education spending (% of GDP) 4% 4.2% 3.9%
Primary school enrolment ratio (% Net) 87% 87% 92%
Secondary school enrolment ratio (% Net) 86.6% 94% 94%
Higher education enrolment (% Gross) 32.1% 36.1% 40.7%
Mean years of schooling 14 14.3 14.9
Adult literacy rate (% of pop over 15) 99.6% 99.6% 99.6%
Culture
Hostility to foreigners/private property 0 0.5 1
Importance of religion in national life 3 3 3
Willingness to fight 1 2 2
Material Well-being
Nominal GDP (US$PPP bn) 86.5 97.6 118.106
Nominal GDP (US$bn) 47.4 56 95.38
GDP per capita 7727 10280 17455
Gini-coefficient 25.8 25.8 25.8
Unemployment % 11.6% 13.3% 7.7%
Life expectancy 73.4 73.9 74.2
Infant mortality per 1,000 live births 7 6.6 6.8


No War, No Terrorist Attacks

You might have heard about Slovakia sending bombs over the planes, we would like to ensure you that the bomb was not active and since then this kind of bomb testing was banned by the Ministry of Interior. Everybody in Slovakia was shocked, this is not how we do things over here!

The most recent war conflict in Slovakia ended in 1945. Although on rare occasions people still find some unexploded ammunition when digging foundations for new houses in some areas, there are no visible traces of that war anywhere any more. In 1968, Soviet tanks flooded into the country, but they did not do too much damage in cities and it was, after all, not a war.

You have probably heard of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. It was really a velvet-smooth revolution, no lives were lost. And it was a similar case when Czechoslovakia split in two in 1992. The peaceful divorce was admired by people in other countries.

In 1990s, there was the Balkan war in Yugoslavia. But Slovakia is not in Yugoslavia nor even anywhere in the Balkans. The country of Slovenia has been part of Yugoslavia and as such it was in a minor way affected by this war. However, Slovenia is not Slovakia. They are two different countries, which do not share a common border. However both of them are now members of the European Union.

While visiting Slovakia, you won’t see any soldiers on the roads or in the streets. Even the policemen won’t take any interest in you, providing that you obey the traffic rules. You will only undergo a security check when entering certain buildings or areas (government offices, airports, etc.).

So far, knock on wood, there were no terrorist attacks in Slovakia. Because Slovakia is a very small player on the international scene and there are no cities with over half a million inhabitants (Bratislava has only about 450 thousand!), the risk is not as high as in some other countries and cities. Nevertheless the threat of terrorism is taken seriously and all necessary preventive measures are in place.

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