The flag of Slovakia uses the colors white, blue and red – all traditional Slovak colors. These colors stand for unity and independence. The coat of arms (on the flag) represents the country’s past link with Hungary. The cross is a symbol for Orthodox Christianity and the mountains symbolize the mountain regions across the country.
In 2002, Slovakia was divided into 8 regions known as kraje. Each region is named after the largest city in that region. The kraje are subdivided into 79 okres (regions). The country is a parliamentary democratic republic. President Ivan Gasparovic has served since 2004. He was elected by the people of Slovakia.
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