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World War I opened the way for dismembering the Austro-Hungarian Empire and letting its subject nationalities create independent countries.As a result the Czech and Slovak lands were united, and Czechoslovakia was created on October 28, 1918.Although a small country, with a land mass of 18,919 square miles, Slovakia's topography varies widely.Its territory includes rugged mountains, dense forests, and low fertile plains.The government made Magyar (Hungarian) the official language and outlawed all other languages.It closed schools and adopted other measures to abolish ethnic cultures in Hungary.
Until 1918 the Slovak lands remained part of Hungary, but the region was known as Upper Hungary, not Slovakia.
Other faiths include Judaism, Greek Catholic, and Orthodox.
The religion of an estimated 27.2 percent of the population is either unidentifiable (17.5 percent) or atheist (9.7 percent).
When the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in 1918, Slovaks joined with Czechs to create an independent Czechoslovakia.
Except for a short period of independence during World War II (1939-1945), Slovakia remained part of that multi-national state until 1993.