Slovakia is located in the center of Europe, south of the Czech Republic and Poland and west of Ukraine. For much of the 20th century, Slovakia and the Czech Republic were united in a single country, Czechoslovakia, which chose to separate in 1993. Slovakia joined the EU in 2004 and has used the euro since 2009. Its economy has experienced good long-term growth. The automotive industry is a major employer and several of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers operate facilities in Slovakia. Tourism is a growing industry, and the country has agriculture and mining, as well.