Czechs and Slovaks after Ten Years

In its February survey, among other things, Public Opinion Research Centre focused on some aspects of relations between Czechs and Slovaks. The first question was to establish how often Czech citizens visited the Slovak Republic. The following questions concentrated on issues of how many people had relatives or friends in Slovakia and to which degree knowledge of the Slovak language was wide-spread. The respondents’ answers show that a third of Czech citizens visit the Slovak Republic less often than they did before the disintegration of the common state.

A mere 6 % visited Slovakia more often than in the period of the federation. More than two fifths of Czechs have a friend or acquaintance in Slovakia, one quarter – a distant relative and one tenth – a close relative. Four fifths of respondents understand Slovak well, almost a third said they could speak Slovak and one fifth reads books in Slovak.