News summary: The renovated Slovak National Gallery will reopen on December 11

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Slovan returns to top club football after 53 years, Slovakia may have allowed arms component exports to Russia and a Slovak book wins the Red Dot design award.

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The Slovak National Gallery is preparing to reopen after a complete renovation

The Slovak National Gallery (SNG) is preparing to reopen its renovated main site in Bratislava. After taking over the newly expanded premises from builder Hornex-Strabag, on October 27, he started the reopening approval process with the construction office.

The gallery will not wait for the interior to be fully outfitted and furnished with exhibits, but rather plans to let people in from December 11 to take a look. Then, permanent exhibitions, a cinema hall, a modern library, a café and a bookstore-gallery will be gradually opened over the next year.


Today’s report

Is the honey from the roof of your office the best in the world?

The green roof of the Einpark administration building on the edge of the Petržalka district in Bratislava not only serves as a space for employees to clear their heads during working hours: it is also home to thousands of bees. The honey they produce is not only very tasty; it also has demonstrable health benefits. Laboratory tests have repeatedly confirmed its high quality.

The results come as no surprise to beekeeper Tomáš Blaškovič, who takes care of the bee colony. He says Slovakia’s urban environments are actually a lot cleaner than people think.

“Even before that, we had done analyses, including for polluting substances in honey, and we knew that urban honeys are of high quality,” Blaškovič told the Slovak Spectator.



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Picture of the week

After 53 years, Slovan football team Bratislava will once again compete in the final stages of European-level club competition, in spring 2023. In a European Conference League game on Thursday, Slovan beat Zalgiris Vilnius Lithuanian 2:1 and qualified directly for the round of 16 as Group H winners.


Other news

  • Hiking trails in the High Tatras closed to tourists on November 1, 2022 as part of the annual nature protection measures. They will reopen on June 14, 2023. Only the paths leading to the chalets (except the one leading to the chalet under Rysy summit) remain open.
  • Demand for electric cars increases in Slovakia with 327 electric cars sold in Slovakia in the third quarter of this year, up 16% year-on-year. In the first nine months of 2022, 992 electric vehicles were sold, an increase of almost 40% compared to the previous year, according to data published by the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA).
  • Slovak customs officers allowed the export of goods to companies that supply Russian military contractors, the daily Denník N reports on Friday. It published a list of thousands of goods that Slovak customs officials have allowed to be exported directly to Russia since the large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Some of these products, such as that bearings, machines to produce tire parts, and even motors, can be used in the manufacture of heavy weapons. The daily also linked the suppliers of some of these products to producers of Russian military technology.
  • US viewers will soon be able to watch Slovak-Ukrainian TV series The Slavs. From November 8, this fantastic adventure series, set in the 7th century and following the lives of the inhabitants of the Carpathian Basin in the period before the union of the Slavic tribes, will be offered via the Amazon streaming services FreeVee, Tubi and The Roku Channel.
  • A Slovak edition of the book Don Quixote, published by the publishing house Spolok Svätého Vojtecha (SSV), won the prestigious Red Dot Award 2022 in the category of communication design. The design of the book, which features illustrations by Miroslav Cipár, is the work of design studio Pergamen. The studio has won the design Oscar, as the Red Dot Award is called, in the past.
  • That of the Ministry of Finance Value for Money Department (ÚHP) recommends that rail infrastructure operator Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR) examines the design of the new main station in Bratislava to increase its capacity. He proposes to expand the marshalling yard using the land on which the current station building stands, which was also proposed by the Metropolitan Institute in Bratislava. Other options are to move the entire station further east or allow freight trains to bypass the station.
  • On Monday, November 7, the municipal forestry company Mestské Lesy v Bratislave (MLB) will organize a massive wild boar hunt in the city’s forests. The hunt will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Last year, MLB hunted 237 boars.

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birthday of the week

Poľana, one of four biosphere reserves in Slovakiajoined the first celebration of International Day of Biosphere Reserves on November 3 with a hike on the hill of Zadná Poľana. The network of biosphere reserves includes a total of 738 localities. The other three in Slovakia are the Tatras, Slovenský Kras (Slovak Karst) and Eastern Carpathians (Východné Karpaty).


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