- Facts and Figures
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- Local Government
Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, is governed by elected local government bodies. The City Mayor is the highest representative of the city executive. The highest legislative power in Bratislava falls to the eighty-member City Council. This local government structure has been in place since 1990.
Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, lies at the heart of Central Europe. It spans both banks of the River Danube, the second largest river in Europe, and lies at the foot of the Little Carpathian range. Bratislava sits at the border with three countries, with Hungary to the south, and Austria and the Czech Republic to the west. Covering almost 368 square kilometres, it is officially home to more than 425,000 residents. The real population of the city is about one third higher, however, thanks to the many students and workers from other parts of Slovakia.
Bratislava is greatly influenced by the natural features of its territory. The natural environment of the city has excellent recreational potential, in particular thanks to the Little Carpathian forests to the north of the city and the Danube watercourse in the south. There are around four thousand hectares of green areas in the city, three quarters of which can be found in Bratislava forest park - Lesopark, which offers plentiful space for relaxation, regeneration and hiking and sporting activities.
- Bratislava: Slovakia´s Economic Engine
Bratislava is one of the wealthiest capital cities in Central and Eastern Europe. Bratislava GDP per capita ranks second highest in the CEE region and better than many Western European cities, such as e.g. Bologna or Bonn. Service sector generates 69 per cent of the Bratislava’s GDP bulk.
- Economy and Employment
The Bratislava region accounts for about a quarter of the GDP in Slovakia, even though it is the smallest of all eight official Slovak regions. The regional gross domestic product per capita in the Bratislava region exceeded € 37,700 according to 2009 data. Compared with the rest of Slovakia, the economy of the Bratislava region is almost twice as productive.
The City of Bratislava is operating in 2010 with a balanced budget of € 277 million). Almost € 80.0 million of this (28 %) is earmarked for investments. More than a tenth of the budget is used for social services, cultural, recreational and leisure projects. A large part of Bratislava’s budget is spent on environmental protection including waste management. In terms of current expenses it is 20 percent.
- Companies with City Assets
Capital participations of the City of Bratislava in selected business companies (as of 31. 12. 2007)
Bratislava is a historic city, which has grown out of its past as a free royal coronation town. At that time it was known as Pressburg, Prešporok or Pozsony. The spirit of its past can be felt in every step. In the historical city centre you can find amazing pastel-coloured palaces, built by European nobility. Visitors will enjoy the many reconstructed fountains from times long gone, gothic churches, romantic narrow alleyways and one of the most stunning old squares in Central Europe.
- Education and Youth
Historically, Bratislava has always had a strong density of quality educational institutions. They guarantee the further advancement of top level science and research and also provide the region with a pool of various experts.
- Transport and Infrastructure
Transport in Bratislava is made up of a complex system of all means of transport – by rail, road, air and water. The Slovak capital is a key international transport node in terms of public, freight and passenger transport. The network of thoroughfares has long been founded on a radial-circular system. This arrangement is becoming increasingly important due to the sharp rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. Today Bratislava can without doubt be referred to as a city of automobiles. There are approximately 200,000 cars registered in the city alone, which translates as one car per two Bratislava inhabitants.
Healthcare in the Slovak capital is catered for by an extensive network of out-patient facilities, hospitals and other medical facilities. The most prominent of these include the Faculty Hospital, which at the same time prepares also students of medicine for their future careers. The city leaders put great emphasis on health. Proof of this is in the realisation of the declaration of Healthy City Bratislava, in connection with which the city is focusing on improving the natural environment and the health of residents, and on improving their lifestyle.
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