The world’s only national capital that shares its city borders with two independent countries (Austria and Hungary), Bratislava is the capital city for the Slovak Republic–a landlocked Central European nation commonly called Slovakia.
Slovakia joined the European Union on May 1, 2004 then adopted the euro as its national currency on January 1, 2009. As part of its country’s richest region, Bratislava benefits from Slovakian success international trade exporting US$77.6 billion worth of products around the globe in 2016.
Highest-value Slovakian exports include automobiles, mobile phones, computers, iron and steel as well as processed petroleum.
Capital Facts for Bratislava, Slovakia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Devin Castle, UFO Observation Deck, St. Elizabeth’s Blue Church, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Franciscan Church and Monastery, Slovak National Museum, Slovak National Gallery and the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Bratislava, Slovakia:
- Peter Šťastný, professonal hockey player (born Sep. 18, 1956)
- Jana Dukátová, world champion slalom canoeist (born Jun. 13, 1983)
- Jaroslav Halák, professional hockey goaltender (born May 13, 1985)
- Dominik Hrbatý, professional tennis player (born Jan. 4, 1978)
- Ján Čarnogurský, former Slovakia prime minister (born Jan. 1, 1944)
- Ľubomír Ftáčnik, chess grandmaster (born Oct. 30, 1957)
- Ján Kubiš, United Nations special representative (born Nov. 12, 1952)
- Karol Kučera, professional tennis player (born Mar. 4, 1974)
- Jozef Sabovčík, figure skating bronze medalist (born Dec. 4, 1973)
- Veronika Velez-Zuzulová, World Cup alpine ski racer (born Jul. 15, 1984)
- Peter Podhradský, professional hockey player (born Sep. 10, 1979)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Slovakia: Slovak
Population: 401,000 (Bratislava)
Density: 8,717 people per square mile (3,366 per square kilometer)
Population: 5,445,802 (Slovakia)
Density: 293 people per square mile (113 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$169.1 billion in 2016 (for Slovakia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $31,200
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Bratislava were unavailable.
Official currency used in Bratislava: euro
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 16, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 16, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 3, 2017
Official Government Website, Bratislava City. Accessed on January 16, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Slovakia, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 16, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Bratislava. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Slovakia. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Bratislava’s built-up urban land area measures 46 square miles (119 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 401,000 in 2015.
About 5.4 million Slovaks lived within national borders as of July 2016, over Slovakia’s land area which equals 18,573 square miles (48,105 square kilometers).
Population density is higher within Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava with an average 8,700 residents per square mile (3,400 per square kilometer).
For Slovakia overall, population density drops significantly to an average 293 people per square mile (113 per square kilometer).
Slovakia’s constitution as an independent country was adopted in Bratislava on September 1, 1992. On January 1, 1993 Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Each September 1 is celebrated as Slovakia’s national holiday known as Constitution Day.