Slovakia: History

  1. 1918

    After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian state, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic is formed.

  2. 1938

    After the 1938 Munich agreement forced Czechoslovakia to cede territory to Germany, Slovakia declares its autonomy. Slovakia becomes a Nazi puppet state led by the Catholic priest Jozef Tiso, who's rule included anti-Semitic laws and the killing of many Jews.

  3. 1945

    At the end of World War II, Czechoslovakia is reunited, ending Slovakia's autonomy. The country comes under the Soviet Union's influence, and the Communist party gains power.

  4. 1993

    Slovakia gains its independence after Czechoslovakia splits.

  5. 1995

    Slovakia signs the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with Hungary, guaranteeing the existing border and ethnic minority rights.

  6. 2004

    Slovakia is admitted to NATO.

  7. 2004

    Slovakia is one of ten new states to join the European Union.

  8. 2009

    Slovakia adopts the Euro as its currency.


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