Rusovce is officially a borough of Bratislava, but in reality is seperated from the city core by a non-urbanized zone.Rusovce is a typical example of suburbanization, when a larger neighboring city ‘eats‘ nearby villages. The beginning of the 21st century was characterized by a real estate boom in Bratislava: urban sprawl spead in to all the old historical villages around Bratislava and whole fields were turned in to building sites. Fortunately for Rusovce it managed to retain a number of green areas, such as lakes and forests. These areas are a place of relaxation and leisure for the captial’s inhabitants, but are becoming increasingly ill kept.
Not only the environment, but the community in Rusovce is distinctive: both historically and contemporarily it is culturally diverse. In the past the area was part of a number of different states: in the year 1920 Rusovce became part of Hungary, and only after the 2nd World War was it amalgamated in to Czechoslovakia. Now it’s geographic location means there are currently Slovakians, Hungarians and Austrians living in many numbers together in the municipality. There is still much work to be done bridging the three nationalities to gain the most for the community.