Okay, so it doesnÂ´t happen too often that we actually have such an event like the IHWC happening here in Slovakia, so I thought I might very well use it to tell you a few things about my country (thanks to being hockey fans I hope that unlike most of the rest of the world you at least have heard of this tiny lil place), because I guess the only source of info most of you ever got was from movies like Eurotrip or Hostel, but even more so IÂ´d like to use this thread to show the atmosphere of the WC here and what it means for us to be hosting this events (this is mostly directed to NA fasn as I guess the other Europeans have already been there a few times) and therefore IÂ´d like to introduce you to soem projects that connect to the 2011 IHWC in Slovakia. This thread can also be used for questions you have about the 2011 IHWC in Slovakia or your impressions and IÂ´d also like to encourage my fellow Slovak members to post here and to add what I have left out. So, I hope you all enjoy this! Slovakia in general Official name: Slovak Republic Location: In Central Europe neighbouring Czech republic in Northwest, Austria in Southwest, Hungary in the South, Ukraine in the East and Poland in the North Area: 49.035 km2 (18,932sq mi) Population: 5 429 763 (2010 estimate) Ethnic groups: Slovak 86%, Hungarian 10%,2 % Roma, 2% other (Russyn, Czech, Ukranian...) Capital: Bratislava (Pressburg- GER, PozsÃ³ny-HU) GDP (PPP): 120.758 billion (USD) GDP (PPP) Per capita: 22.267 (USD) HDI: 0.818 (very high, 31st in the world) Time zone: CET Currency: Euro (Since January 1st 2009) Independence: January 1st 1993 Government type: parliamentary democracy Head of state: Ivan GaÅ¡parovič Member of international organizations: United Nations, WTO, OECD, NATO, European Union, Council of Europe, Visegrad Four and many others Highest peak: GerlachovskÃ½ Å¡tÃt (Gerlach Peak) in High Tatra mountains Longest river: VÃ¡h Biggest river: Danube National Parks: 9- High Tatras, Low Tatras, High Fatra, Low Fatra, Pieniny, Slovak Karst, Slovak Paradise, Poloniny, MurÃ¡nska Planina National anthem: Nad Tatrou sa blÃ½ska- Lightning over the Tatras (written by Janko MatuÅ¡ka in 1840Â´s) High Tatra National Park National Park Big Fatra UNESCO Sights in Slovakia BanskÃ¡ Å tiavnica Bardejov SpiÅ¡ Castle (one of the largest in Europe) VlkolÃnec Village Wooden Churches (one of them) AND THEREÂ´S MUCH MUCH MORE TO SEE, BUT NOW LETÂ´S GET TO HOCKEY!!!!! Ice-Hockey in Slovakia General Info: Total players: 8 671 Male: 1 886 Female: 288 Junior: 6 497 Referees: 389 Indoor Rinks: 45 Outdoor Rinks: 21 MenÂ´s World Ranking: 8th WomenÂ´s World Ranking: 10thTop league: Slovnaft Extraliga 2010/2011 Champion: HC KoÅ¡ice Slovakia and the 2011 IIHF World Hockey Championship Candidature video: Trailer: Venues BRATISLAVA Population: 457 426 Old Town New City Centre EUROVEA Å tadiÃ³n Ondreja Nepelu- Ondrej Nepela Stadium (temporraily called Orange Arena for the IHWC) Pre-reconstruction Current Look Outside Current Look Inside KOÅ ICE Å tadiÃ³n Ladislava TrojÃ¡ka- Ladislav TrojÃ¡k Stadium- Steel Arena So this is Part 1, Part 2 to follow soon!