Slovakia as we know it today celebrates 20 years of its existence on January 1, 2013. On this day in 1993, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (ČSFR) split up to give life to two new independent states: the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. The split of the ČSFR is often referred to as “the velvet break-up”, since it was carried out by constitutional agreements without any violence, unlike in former Yugoslavia.
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(Photo of Bratislava: Kiban)