COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. Since 1971 COST is supporting cooperation and interaction between European researchers via the so-called COST Actions, covering both basic and more applied or technological research and including research addressing issues of pre-normative nature or of particular societal importance.
At the Annual Progress Conference of the COST Domain for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) the Chairs of 31 COST Actions and the Domain Committee for ICT will meet to discuss the scientific and technological achievements of the different Actions.
Slovakia is member of EU and Schengen Area.
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 14°C to 19°C over the course of the month, exceeding 23°C or dropping below 10°C only one day in ten.
Mobile, Broadband Internet Access and fax facilities are readily available while Slovak Telekom(T-mobile), ORANGE and O2 provide the latest generation mobile telephony services (UMTS, 3G/HSPA+, EDGE). Relatively cheap international calling cards may be bought from various outlets. Many public places (Restaurants, bars, hotels…) provides free WiFi access.
The Euro € is the official currency of Slovakia since 2009. Major credit cards are widely accepted although cash is usually expected in less touristy locations, in smaller retail outlets or for inexpensive purchases.
The largest banks in Slovakia are Slovenská sporiteľňa (Erste Group), TATRA banka (Raiffeisen), CSOB (KBC Group), Všeobecná úverová banka (Intesa Sanpaolo) or National Bank of Slovakia etc..
Slovakia, like most other European countries, has a 230-volt AC, 50Hz mains power supply and uses German/French plugs. Visitors from the United Kingdom will need an adaptor to use electrical appliances with three-pin plugs, while visitors from the United States and/or Canada will need a transformer in order to use 110/125V appliances.
Health care in Slovakia is financed by health insurance. Health insurance in Slovakia is obligatory and shall be paid by every citizen of Slovakia. The insurance fee is deducted from the wages. European Union citizens must have valid European Health Insurance Card. Medications are sold in pharmacies (Lekáreň). There is a pharmacy in almost every village and several pharmacies in every town or city in Slovakia. Emergency medical service is operational 24 hours 7 days a week.
Emergency phone number: 112
The Slovak language, sometimes referred to as “Slovakian”, is an Indo-European language belonging to the West Slavic languages (together with Czech, Polish, Kashubian and Serbian). Slovak is mutually intelligible with Czech. Slovak, as a written language, did not exist until the end of the 18th Century, when Anton Bernolak, a Roman Catholic priest set about to create a Slovak literary language. He based his creation on the Western Slovakian dialect and produced a phonetic spelling (one that is written as it is pronounced).
Useful Telephone Numbers
Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire): 112
City police: 159