More information about the Slovak Republic is available on the Slovakia Page and from other Department of State publications and sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-SLOVAK RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with the Slovak Republic in 1993, and provided assistance to support the rebuilding of a healthy democracy and market economy. The United States and Slovakia have strong diplomatic ties and cooperate in the military and law enforcement areas. Slovakia has been a close North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ally since it joined the Alliance in 2004. The two countries have a mutual commitment to freedom and human rights. Slovakia has shared its experience in democratic transition with emerging democracies around the world and has been a role model for other countries on the path to Transatlantic integration.

U.S. Assistance to Slovakia

The goal of U.S. security assistance to Slovakia is to support Slovakia’s modernization efforts, contributions to NATO and United Nations (UN) operations, and regional stability. U.S. assistance provided support to Slovakia’s development of a professional armed forces and enhanced interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces. U.S. assistance seeks to help Slovakia consolidate its gains and maintain its development as a positive and stabilizing influence among its neighbors, in the region, and globally.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Slovakia is a member of the European Union (EU), and its major trading partners are European countries. The U.S. economic relationship with the EU is the largest and most complex in the world, and the United States and the EU continue to pursue initiatives to create new opportunities for transatlantic commerce.

U.S. exports to Slovakia include energy equipment, medical equipment and supplies, electrical and electronic machinery and components, automotive parts and components, chemical products, and plastics. U.S. imports from Slovakia are dominated by Volkswagen and Audi sport utility vehicles that are manufactured in Slovakia. The United States and Slovakia have a bilateral investment treaty. Slovakia participates in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Slovakia’s Membership in International Organizations

Slovakia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the UN, NATO, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Slovakia also is an observer to the Organization of American States.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia is Bridget Brink; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.

Slovakia maintains an embassy in the United States at 3523 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008; tel. (202) 237-1054.

More information about Slovakia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

CIA World Factbook Slovakia Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Slovakia
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies (see Czechoslovakia (Former))
Travel Information

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future