Vol. 10 No. 1 (2019)
Research Article

Commuting trends and patterns behind the regional imbalances in Slovakia

Published 2019-05-07


  • in-commuting, out-commuting, settlement centre, cluster group, regional imbalances

How to Cite

MARIS, Martin, Marian KOVACIK, and Maria FAZIKOVA. 2019. “Commuting Trends and Patterns Behind the Regional Imbalances in Slovakia”. European Journal of Geography 10 (1). https://www.eurogeojournal.eu/index.php/egj/article/view/62.


The paper focuses on regional imbalances, which likely drive commuting patterns and also affect the economic performance of the regions in the Slovak Republic. Based on population Census data the results have shown relative great differences in commutation turnover among the districts (1.1% to 205% variation for in-commuters and 3.3% to 47.9% variation for outcommuters) as a share to the economic population base of the particular region. Higher commuting rates (both for in- and out-commuters) are concentrated predominantly in the West (Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra, and others) and Northwest (Trencin, Zilina, Puchov and others) of the country. Contrarily, in economically depressed South of Slovakia, (Velky Krtis, Revuca, Lucenec, and others) commutation turnover has been mute. Using multivariate analysis, the results further point on regional heterogeneity in terms of the development. Acting regional policies so far fail to substantially narrow the differences.


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