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Country Fast Facts: Slovakia


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The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I allowed the Slovaks to join 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 Jan. 1, 1993.

Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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