Slovakia passport ranking
The Slovakian passport currently ranks on the 11th place according to the Guide visa index. It provides visa-free access to 181 countries. With a high mobility score it is one of the best ranking passports in the world. The ranking has consistently improved over the past years from the 22nd spot in 2006 to its current place. Slovakian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to destinations such as the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Japan and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities worldwide. Slovakian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 45 destinations in the world. Some countries where a visa is required are China, India and Australia.
The Slovak Republic consists of 8 Regions and is part of the European Union. The most important Regions are Presov, Kosice and Zilina. The nation is located in Central Europe, bordering Austria, Czechia, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. Slovakia is the 28th largest country in Europe with a surface area of 49,035 square kilometers. Its climate is temperate with cool summers and cold winters. The terrain is characterized by lowlands in the south and mountains in the center.
The overall population is over 5.4 million people, making it the 18th most populous country in the European Union. The capital of the country is Bratislava, which is also the most populated city with around 432,864 inhabitants. Other important cities are Kosice and Presov. The largest airport is Bratislava M.R. Stefanik Airport (BTS) with 2.2 million annual passengers. The Airport is named after famous Slovak General Milan Rastislav Stefanik. It covers domestic and international routes connecting Slovakia to Europe.
Slovakia’s culture has been influenced by its neighbors Austria, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine. The vast majority of the population follows the Roman Catholic belief. The official language is Slovak. The legal system is based on the Austro-Hungarian civil law. The government type is a parliamentary republic. The chief of state is the elect President Zuzana Caputova and the head of government is the elected Prime Minister Peter Pelligini.
The official currency of the country is the Euro (EUR) with the current exchange rate being EUR 0.84 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $209 billion, which puts it on the 25th spot in Europe. Its citizens have a per capita income of $38,321. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are services and industry. Some of the most important export goods are automobiles, metal, gas, grains, potatoes, sugar beets and hops.
Slovakia has a variety of urban and natural historic tourism destinations. It attracts tourists for its unique culture and historic cities. There are 7 UNESCO world heritage sites scattered around the country. Some of the main destinations include the capital Bratislava, Liptov, the Slovak Karst Caves, Kosice and the Slovak Paradise National Park. The country has a total of approximately 5.4 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from Europe and its surrounding countries.