Having been formed following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Slovakia is one of the world’s youngest countries (it celebrated its 23rd birthday on January 1st this year) but has come a long way in a short space of time and is now a eurozone country with a population of over 5 million people.
It remains a close partner of the Czech Republic, as well as Poland and Hungary, as members of the Visegrad Group, set up to promote cooperation and European integration.
And after initially having a frosty relationship with the European Union (EU) and NATO, things eventually thawed out as the country underwent economic reform and it joined both organisations in 2004.
The country now has one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union and OECD – so if you’ve got business interests over there, you’ll want an easy and convenient way to keep in touch.
And a conference call offers exactly that, needing nothing more than a landline or mobile phone.
Here’s how to set one up…
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Slovakia
Go to ConferenceCall.co.uk and enter your email address to get your free PIN.
Click on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template.
Enter the time, date and subject of the conference call you’re setting up.
Choose UK and Slovakia dial-in codes.
Click ‘Copy this invitation’, before pasting it into an email and sending it to up to 100 participants.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time colleagues should dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
– UK participants dial 0843 373 0843 (landline) 8300 (mobile)
– Slovakia participants dial 02-33325510
Your conference call is ready to begin!
Where is Slovakia?
A mountainous country in central Europe, Slovakia is completely landlocked and is bordered by Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria.
What is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on traveling to Slovakia?
Thousands of tourists and business professionals travel from the UK to Slovakia each year without any incident, which means the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued any specific travel advice.
There are some things you should be aware of before travelling to Slovakia, not least that you need to make sure your passport is in a presentable state – you could be refused entry into the country if your passport is worn or damaged, or looks as if it’s been tampered with.
There are no inherent risks in Slovakia, not even in the capital city of Bratislava, but you should always be as vigilant as you are in the UK, and be aware of overpricing in bars and restaurants, as well as fraudulent transactions being skimmed on your credit or debit card.
Other scams include taxi drivers pushing up fares, bogus speeding fines from police officers and ‘road pirates’ faking a breakdown to get your attention before robbing you when you pull over.
For more information, go to GOV.UK
What’s the best time to call Slovakia from the UK?
It takes almost two-and-a-half hours to get to Bratislava from London and there is just a one-hour time difference, so you can call in normal UK business hours with no need to worry about catching anyone out at an unsociable hour.