Bordered by Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and the Czech Republic, Slovakia is a small country that has become independent in the 1990’s, after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.
According to archeological findings, the area that is now Slovakia was already populated in 270,000 BC! During the 2nd-3rd centuries AD , it was invaded by the Huns. In the 5th century, the territory was occupied by the Celts and by the Romans, and then by Slavic tribes, in the 7th century. It slowly but steadily rose to cultural and political importance, and, in the 10th century, it was annexed to Hungary, being part of the Hungarian Kingdom until the end of World War I. In 1918, it allied with Bohemia, Moravia, Czech Silesia and Ruthenia to form the state of Czechoslovakia. It sided with the Nazi Germany, and then after the war, it came under Soviet influence until the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, becoming an independent country in 1993.