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Visegrád group

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Political map in 2004
Political map in 2004

The Visegrád group (also called the Visegrád 4 or V4) is an alliance of four Central European states:

Historically, the Visegrád group originated in 1335, when the Czech, the Polish and the Hungarian king held a meeting in the Hungarian city of Visegrád. The modern era V4 group originated in a summit of the heads of state or government of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held in the city of Visegrád on February 15, 1991, to establish co-operation between these three states (which, with the division of Czechoslovakia, became four) in order to further the process of European integration. The members of the Visegrád group entered the European Union on 1 May 2004.

The Visegrád group, along with the Alpine countries, are considered to make up the states of Central Europe.

Economy

After Slovenia, the Visegrád group are the wealthiest post-Communist countries in Europe. All of them have relatively developed free market economy and moderate economic growth. The wealthiest country in the group is the Czech Republic, with a GDP PPP of US$15,700.

External links

cs:Visegrádská skupina es:Grupo Visegrád fr:Groupe de Visegrád pl:Grupa wyszehradzka

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