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    Slovakia Introduction - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/slovakia/slovakia_introduction.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      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. Historic, political, and geographic factors have caused Slovakia to experience more difficulty in developing a modern market economy than some of its Central European neighbors.

      NOTE: The information regarding Slovakia on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Slovakia Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Slovakia Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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