Doing business in Slovakia

Slovakia, centrally and strategically located, represents one of the most exciting markets in Europe. Following the dissolution of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, Slovakia became an independent state on 1 January 1993.

Much of the border to the north of the country is made up of the Carpathian and Tatra mountains, with the River Danube to the south. Slovakia shares borders with Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Slovakia became a NATO member in April 2004, an EU member in May 2004, member of Schengen on 21 December 2007 and introduced EURO in January 2009.

Eurostat are predicting 3.4% GDP growth for Slovakia in 2011.

What are the opportunities?

Slovakia is not a huge market but offers very good opportunities, mainly to those who would like to use it as a springboard to either the west or the east. Its infrastructure is developing fast, mainly thanks to the EUR 12 billion structural and cohesion funding. Sectors offering opportunities for UK companies include automotive, education and training, water and environment, ICT and infrastructure.

Guide to doing business in Slovakia

UKTI has produced a guide aimed at companies experienced in overseas trade who are new to doing business with Slovakia. This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to sources of help.

  • Introduction

  • Preparing to export

  • How to do business

  • Business etiquette, language and culture

  • What are the challenges?

  • How to invest in Slovakia

  • Contacts

  • Resources / Useful links

Download the Slovakia doing business guide

Sector briefing

For information on your sector in Slovakia including opportunities, events and key contacts, please check out the latest sector briefings.

See all Sector briefings for Slovakia.

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