Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria. The official language is Slovak the climate is temperate, with warm summers and cold, cloudy winters. The country performs well in measures of freedom, democracy, peace, and prosperity. There are many reasons to visit Slovakia, including its stunning natural scenery, its well-preserved medieval castles and towns, and its vibrant capital city of Bratislava. The cuisine of Slovakia is influenced by its Central European neighbors. Common dishes include bryndzové halušky (potato dumplings with sheep cheese), kapustnica (cabbage soup), and Slovak national dish bryndzové pirohy (potato dumplings with sheep cheese).