* Full name: Republic of Slovenia (Republika Slovenija)* Area: 20,273 km²* Inhabitants: 2.054.741 (2011)* Capital: Ljubljana (280,000)* State: Democratic parliamentary republic since 25 June 1991, Member of the European Union since 1 May 2004* Currency: Euro* Official languages: Slovene; in some nationally mixed border areas also Hungarian and Italian *
* The Country is mostly elevated. Outside the coastal area, its terrain consists largely of karstic plateaus and ridges, magnificently precipitous Alpine peaks, basins and valleys. The highest Alpine peak in Slovenia is Triglav (2.864 m) - the name meaning "three-heads". The mountain is a true national symbol. *
* Relief: The territory of Slovenia is * Highest mountain: Triglav 2,864 m geographically divided into four * Longest river: Sava - 221 km basic types of landscape - Alpine * Length of coastline: 46.6 km in the north, (42.1%), Mediterranean in the south-west (8.6%), Dinaric in the south (28.1%), and Pannonian in the east (21.2%)* Forests: almost 58% of the Slovenia territory *
* Alongside the majority population of Slovenian ethnic origin, in the border areas there live Hungarian and Italian minority communities.* Slovenes represent approximately 83% of population* Other ethnic groups include Croats, Serbs, Bosnians, Macedonians, Montenegrins and Albanians that came to Slovenia after the World War II as economic immigrants.* Official languages: Slovene; in some nationally mixed border areas also Hungarian and Italian* Religion: Roman Catholic (58%, 2002 census) * Slovenians would describe themselves as hard-working, diligent and active people, individualists who speak foreign languages well. They are proud of their culture and language.
* The Republic of Slovenia is a parliamentary democratic republic that became an independent state after the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1991.* President of the Republic: Dr Danilo Türk (since december 2007) ** Prime Minister: Janez Janša (SDS) (since 10 February 2012)
** 250,000 BCE: The first evidence of human habitation on the territory of present-day Slovenia (two implements made of stone from Jama Cave in Loza Woods near Orehek).* 120,000 to 1,300 BCE: Remains from the early Stone Age - the Palaeolithic; among them the oldest musical instrument in the world, found in Slovenia; evidence of hunting and Urnfield culture.* Celts, Roman Empire, Huns, Germananic tribes, Slavic people* 7th to 11th century: The Duchy of Carantania, the oldest known independent Slavonic tribal union in this region
* 1550: Protestantism also known for the first book written in Slovenian language* 1809-1813: Napoleonic occupation – the Illyrian Provinces* 1848: Unified Slovenia, the first Slovenian political programme.* 1918: The defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the creation of the state of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs* 1941-1945: The dismemberment of Yugoslavia by the Axis Powers.
• 1945: The formation of the Federal People`s Republic of Yugoslavia, with the People`s Republic of Slovenia as one of its 6 federal entities. * 1990: Plebiscite on independence. * 25 June 1991: Declaration of the independent Republic of Slovenia.25 June, 1991 - the declaration of independence.
** In April 1990 were first democratic elections* In the same year more than 88% of the electorate voted for a sovereign and independent Slovenia. The declaration of independence followed on 25 June 1991. The next day, the Yugoslav Army attacked the newly- founded state. After a ten-day war, a truce was called, and in October 1991 the last soldiers of the Yugoslav Army left Slovenia. * In 2004 Slovenia joined the EU, with considerable popular support, and NATO * On 1 January 2007 Slovenia joined the Eurozone.
* GDP €35,416 million (2010)* Rate of unemployment by ILO in % 7.3 (2010)* Unemployment 12.1% (January 2012) * Lying at a junction of natural trading routes, Slovenia has been a crossroads, a huge gateway, since the Romans were marching around this region. It is known as a reliable partner, with a rational way of doing things, and a highly educated labour force.
*What to visit?* Visiting Slovenia could provide an interesting mixture of leisure, recreation and exciting excursions.
** Today, Slovenian competitors participate in the most important European and world sporting championships. The most successful sports are Alpine and Nordic skiing, wild-water kayaking and canoeing, sculling, cycling and skydiving.* The dreams of many Slovenes became reality when the Slovene national football team qualified for the first time for the European Championship in 2000. And then also for the 2002 Football World Cup in Japan and South Korea and 2010 World Cup in South Africa.* Slovene sportsmen are also achieving excellent results in other team sports: basketball, volleyball and handball.* 22 olympic medals
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