Slovakia became a European member state in 2004, and has been known to sustain the highest GDP growth in the European Union. The country's capital, Bratislava, is the largest financial centre in the Slovakia. Contributing to about 26% GDP of Slovakia, the city of Bratislava has the wealthiest economy of all Slovak cities.
International companies and big industries locate to Bratislava to conduct businesses. The city profits from banking, IT, trade, tourism and service sectors. Major foreign investors put up headquarters in Bratislava, others develop outsourcing branches and service centres. The city's real estate industry boom is resulting in a major construction growth. Developers are attracted to areas near the city landmarks, the Danube river front, the Old Town, Petrzalka and Ruzinov.
The high concentration of educated people is an advantage in Bratislava. Marketers, scholars and historians empower the city as undoubtedly the most important region of Slovakia.