Area: 20,273 km2
Population: 1,964,036 (2002 census)
Capital city: Ljubljana
Language: Slovene; in nationally mixed areas, also Italian and Hungarian
Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Independence - 25 June 1991,
- Member of EU - 1 May 2004
The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the
Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the
mysterious Karst. To the north is Austria; to the east, Hungary; to
the south, Croatia; and to the west, Italy.
Slovenia became an independent state in 1991 and a member of the EU
on May 1, 2004.
Arts and Culture
Situated at a cultural crossroads, Slovenia has always been a
place of high artistic achievements. Arts and culture have had a
special position in the history of the Slovenian nation and have
compensated for the lack of its own state and political institutions
in the past. A rich cultural life and far-reaching institutions,
organisations, and cultural societies are comparable to the most
developed European countries.
Country and its People
Find out more about its location, statistics on population,
minorities, religion, and the language. You will also learn about the
historical and religious holidays celebrated in Slovenia and about
"what's cooking" all over the country, and all about our wines.
Using quality of life and social standards as criteria, Slovenia
approaches, or even exceeds, the European average. Slovenia is
directed towards development and a market economy.
You can recognise Slovenia through images of the Alps and the
Adriatic, the famous Karst and the Pannonian Plain; you can recognise
it by the varied landscapes of its regions, which are all accessible
to the visitor in a single day! Read an introduction to the main
physical and climatic characteristics of our environment.
Slovenia has been populated since the Stone Age. This is an
overview of the last 1500 years - since our Slavic ancestors arrived
in this territory.
Achievements in the world of sports by Slovene sportsmen and
Under the Constitution, Slovenia is a democratic republic and a
social state governed by law. The state's authority is based on the
principle of the separation of legislative, executive and judicial
powers, with a parliamentary system of government. See the structure
and dynamics of Slovene political system.
In Slovenia, you can experience amazing contrasts in the same
day: a morning swim in the Adriatic, followed two hours later by
skiing below Alpine peaks, then an adventurous discovery of Karst
subterranean phenomena and an invigorating bath in a thermal spring;
an encounter with history in a lively mediaeval city and, not far
away, a more solitary stroll through primeval forests or undulating,