|a country in central Europe: part of Hungary from the 11th century until 1918, when it united with Bohemia and Moravia to form Czechoslovakia; it became independent in 1993 and joined the EU in 2004. Official language: Slovak. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: koruna. Capital: Bratislava. Pop: 5 407 000 (2004 est). Area: 49 036 sq km (18 940 sq miles)|
Republic in central Europe, formed in 1993 out of the former Czechoslovakia. It is bounded on the west by Austria, on the northwest by The Czech Republic, on the north by Poland, on the east by Ukraine, and on the south by Hungary. Its capital is Bratislava.