Slovakia has been commemorating the Day of Slovaks Living Abroad on July 5 since 1993, ie since the establishment of the independent Slovak Republic.
According to estimates, compatriots live in the Czech Republic from 350,000 to 400,000, in Hungary 100,000, in Romania 25,000 and in Serbia 35,000 to 42,000 Slovaks. The number of Slovaks living in the United Kingdom is about 110,000. According to available ÚSŽZ data, 750,000 Slovaks settled in the USA, 15,000 in Spain, 22,000 in Ireland or 80,000 in Germany. In Canada, the number is estimated at 100,000 to 150,000 Slovaks. Groups of compatriots can also be found in Cyprus, Iceland, Denmark and Australia.
On the occasion of the memorial day, the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad (ÚSŽZ) invited all compatriots to a meeting at the cornerstone of the potential Memorial to the Slovak Emigration in the Janko Kráľ Garden in Petržalka, Bratislava.
As the Office informed on its website, the chairman of the ÚSŽZ, Milan Ján Pilip, will address the present compatriots and guests as part of a symbolic reminder. Part of the celebration is also its cultural part, in which musicians, singers and folklorists from the ranks of compatriots will perform.
Source: Pravda.sk – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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