Krížom Krážom

Slovak is very different to any other language I speak. I don’t usually face difficulties in learning new languages, but I do have a major problem with making grammar mistakes in front of native speakers. I know, native speakers, especially those of not very popular languages, are very happy to hear that you’re trying anyway. Still, whenever I’m aware of the fact that I’m about to severely butcher some grammar rules, I stop. And yes, I know, I should get over it, otherwise I will never learn.Read More »

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How to get the European Health Insurance Card as a resident in Slovakia?

It’s incredibly simple. You just have to visit any office of the health insurance company you chose to register with (in my case, Dôvera) and apply for one. It takes about one month to be issued and you can choose to have it sent home by post or to collect it in person. I went to collect it myself. They asked for my paper health insurance card and gave me a proper plastic card instead. My new card is valid for five years and has the European Health Insurance (Európsky preukaz zdravotného poistenia) information on one side and the Dôvera Health Insurance information on the other side.Read More »

Catholic Easter and modern Slovakia

Almost four years ago I was getting goosebumps while listening to my Czech friends’ terrifying tales on Easter traditions, during our intercultural exchange meetings as Erasmus students in Spain. It seems that in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Easter Mondays are a young woman’s worst nightmare. How else would you call being dragged outside your house, thrown water at (buckets of water, to be exact) and whipped with willow branches? My Dracula-style stories of Romanian traditions would never fit in the same category of horror. And if you’re a woman, you know exactly what I mean.Read More »

Trvalý pobyt or the Slovak residence permit for EU/EEA nationals

Updated: 26-10-2015

Probably the most frustrating moment for a foreigner who has recently moved to Slovakia is getting a residence permit. An EU/EEA national (with no exceptions) doesn’t require a work permit to be employed at a Slovak-based company. However, all foreigners must register with the aliens’ police* and get a residence permit. And this is the funny part. The bureaucracy in this country is the best way to stretch one’s patience to dangerous thinness.Read More »