How To Open A Bank Account In Slovakia

Slovakia has been enjoying a strong economic growth in recent years, along with historically low unemployment rates and a significant decrease in public debt (which declined by just under 50% between 2018 and 2019). In the same year, wages increased by 3.6%, while inflation increased by 2.5%. The deficit of the general government is less … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Slovakia

Slovakia (officially the Slovak Republic) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. The country has a diverse landscape, with mountainous terrains, more than 6,000 caves and 1,300 natural … Read more

How To Find A Job In Slovakia

The comparatively low cost of living with respect to other European nations is an appealing aspect of seeking work and residence in Slovakia. The country’s economy is stable and unemployment is currently not high. Teaching English is still a popular way of making a living if you are an expat here, but you may find … Read more

Dental And Opthalmic Care In Slovakia: How To Find The Right Options For You

You should have little difficulty accessing the dental and optical treatment that you need if you are an expat residing and working in Slovakia, particularly if you are living in one of the country’s urban areas. Slovakia is a destination for medical tourism, including dental and optical treatment, and there are a wide variety of … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Slovakia?

The cost of your healthcare in Slovak will depend on a number of factors, namely whether you as an expat: • are signed up with the national insurance scheme and one of the country’s state-approved providers • have private health insurance • have a combination of national and top-up private insurance to cover procedures (such … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Slovakia

If you are moving to Slovakia, you will find plenty of opportunities in this beautiful country for keeping fit and healthy. It is advisable to take out private health insurance cover for any healthcare needs rather than relying on the national system, which ranks comparatively low among European healthcare systems, but there are a good … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Slovakia

If you are an expat who is residing and working in Slovakia, you will be registered with one of the three main state-approved health insurance schemes: this is compulsory and both you and your employer must make contributions into the system. Basic healthcare is thus mainly free at the point of delivery.However, public healthcare in … Read more

How To Look After Your Mental Health In Slovakia

Slovakia is said to have one of the highest levels of mental illness in Europe. As an expat who is resident in the country, what are your options with regard to safeguarding your own mental health? To some extent this will depend on whether you are relying on the public system or on a private … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Slovakia?

The quality of healthcare that you can expect as an expat in Slovakia will depend on whether you access the public system or take out private health insurance. Slovakia is a destination for healthcare tourism, including dental and cosmetic care, and the private sector is of a high standard.However, Slovakia’s public sector system is undergoing … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Slovakia

Slovakia has a two-tier system of insurance, based on state health insurance but also with private health cover available. All residents are entitled to access public healthcare if they pay contributions into the system, including expats who are resident and working in the country. Registering With The Public Health System In Slovakia Over 98% of … Read more

An Expat Guide To Renting A Property In Slovakia

If you are moving to Slovakia and expect to work, the likelihood is that you will head for the western region. With easier access to Germany and other European countries which trade with Slovakia, the west has proven popular with multinational companies and their local suppliers. As a result, you will find the majority of … Read more

Slovakia – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Slovakia and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.ExpatSkFacebook Page | Twitter | Instagram Having … Read more

Slovakia – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Slovakia and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Almost Bananas Canadian Naomi has lived in rural Slovakia for 10+ years … Read more

Naomi Huzovicova, Near Bratislava

Who are you? My name is Naomi, I’m from a small mountain village in British Columbia, Canada. I’ve lived in Slovakia for 10 years with my husband and (now) four children. Where, when and why did you move abroad? My husband and I met going to college in the USA. I finished my last semester … Read more

Preparing For The Climate In Slovakia

Situated in Central Europe, and with many of the charming characteristics of its neighbors the Czech Republic and Austria, Slovakia scores highly in terms of expat life because of the lower cost of living and the relatively sparse population. Slovakia also has a stable and rapidly growing economy, and joined the European Union in 2004, … Read more

Slovakia – Recommended Websites

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Slovakia and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there. The Daily SK An English-language newspaper that will keep you up … Read more

A Brief Guide To The Main Religious Beliefs In Slovakia

Slovakia is perhaps a bit unusual when it comes to religion. Although there’s plenty of variation from one country to the next, on the whole many European countries are quite secular in nature. In Slovakia however, a sizable part of the population still describe themselves as belonging to a religious group, and although this does … Read more

5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Slovakia (And 1 Reason You Shouldn’t!)

A small country in Central Europe, the region now known as Slovakia was once part of the Czech Republic. Since its independence in 1993, this country has become popular among tourists and expats. In terms of economy and development, Slovakia is doing exceptionally well, and when it comes to natural and cultural heritage, it is … Read more

Don’t Buy Property In Slovakia Until You’ve Read This

Slovakia is a Central European country with a population of more than five million. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Hungary to the south, the Czech Republic to the west, and Ukraine to the east. Slovakia is popular for its natural thermal springs and world-renowned spas that draw a multitude of visitors each … Read more

Top Ten Insider Tips About Slovakia

Slovakia is a land-locked country in Central Europe, surrounded by Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. Contrary to what many people believe, this member of the European Union is a modern democracy with ample natural beauty, a colorful history, and a slow pace of life. The expat population in Slovakia is small, which … Read more

Nicola Clarke, Bratislava

Who are you? I am Nicola, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher, based in Exeter Devon, in the south west of England. I have moved around a bit before settling here in Devon, having originally come from New Zealand, and lived in Bratislava (in Slovakia) and London on the way.It’s the fact … Read more

Margarete Minar, Bratislava

My name is Margarete Minar. I’m a native Californian who decided that I wanted to have a year abroad to experience life from a different part of the world, and to gain a new perspective on how things can be done differently. My year abroad turned out to be five years in total. I simply … Read more