Bratislava Regional Government

Úrad Bratislavského samosprávneho kraja
Contact: Dr Vladislav Dzúrik Director
Telephone: 421 (0) 2 4826 4201
Sabinovská 16, 820 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
Mailing address: 
P. O. Box 106, 820 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
421 (0) 2 4826 4615
421 (0) 2 4826 4395

Bratislava Region is the smallest of the eight regions of Slovakia. Located in south west Slovakia, it covers an area of 2,053 square kilometres and has a total population of 603,699 (2005). Bratislava Region is the country's most densely settled and urbanised region, with 296 inhabitants per square kilometre, about three times the Slovak average. Bratislava, the capital, has a population of 426,091, or 70 per cent of the total inhabitants of the region.

Bratislava Region is bordered by the Danube to the south and the Morava to the west. It consists of the Záhorie lowlands in the far west of the country and the Podunajská nížina (Danube lowlands) towards the Hungarian south, divided by the heavily forested Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians) mountain range.

Its strategic location at the junction of the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary has been a key factor in making the Bratislava Region the most prosperous in Slovakia, facilitating economic and cultural co-operation, an educated and skilled labour market, the easy circulation of goods and capital, and tourism. The region now generates about a quarter of the country's GDP and has absorbed about 65 per cent of its foreign investment since 1993.

Bratislava city is the administrative and financial hub of the country and all industrial sectors are well represented here.