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A virtual travel guide to Slovenia. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Slovenia's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this European nation, e.g.: official web sites of Slovenia, addresses of Slovenian and foreign embassies, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Slovenia.

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Republic of Slovenia | Republika Slovenija

Country Profile


Flag of Slovenia
Flag of Slovenia

Background:
The south central European country Slovenia stretches between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps. In 1918 the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new nation named Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, renamed to Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II, Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia, which though communist, distanced itself from Moscow's rule. Dissatisfied with the exercise of power of the majority Serbs, the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991. Since then, Slovenia has successfully integrated into the international community and is becoming a full member of the European Union and joins NATO.



border countries: Austria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary
related countries: Germany
 

Where in Europe is Slovenia?

Official Name:
Republika Slovenija
short form: Slovenija
int'l short form: Slovenia
int'l long form: Republic of Slovenia

ISO Country Code: si

Time:
Time Zone: CET - Central European Time
Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Sat-Oct-25  20:53
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +2)

Country Calling Code: +386

Capital City: Ljubljana (pop. 267 000)

Other Cities:
Maribor (110 668), Kranj (51 225), Celje (48 081), Koper (47 539).

Government:
Type: Parliamentary democratic republic.
Independence: 25 June 1991, Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia.
Constitution: 23 December 1991.

Geography:
Location: Central Europe, eastern Alps bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia.
Area: 20,273 kmĀ² (7,906 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Alps mountains rising to more than 2 800 meters (8 200 ft.) in the north, wide plateaus over 1000 meters (3 280 ft.) high in the southeast, Karst limestone region of caves in the south-southwest, hills in the east, and approximately 50 kilometers (39 mi.) of coastline on the Adriatic Sea.

Climate: Mixture of continental, Alpine and Mediterranean climate, with cold winters and warm summers.

People:
Nationality: Noun--Slovene(s). Adjective--Slovenian.
Population: 2 million (2012, Official population clock)
Ethnic groups: Slovenes 83.06%, Croats 1.81%, Serbs 1.98%, Bosniaks 1.10%, Hungarians 0.32%, Montenegrins 0.14%, Macedonians 0.20%, Albanians 0.31%, Italians 0.11%, Roma 0.17%.
Religions: Roman Catholic 57.8%, refused to reply 15.7%, atheist 10.1%, Orthodox Christian 2.3%, Muslim 2.4%.
Languages: Slovene (official). Hungarian, Italian are spoken in the border regions, and German fluency is common near the Austrian border. Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are spoken by a minority (6%). English is widely understood by business people and students.
Literacy: 99%

Natural resources: Coal, mercury, timber.

Agriculture products: Potatoes, hops, wheat, sugar beets, corn, grapes; cattle, sheep, poultry.

Industries: Ferrous metallurgy and aluminum products, lead and zinc smelting, electronics (including military electronics), trucks, electric power equipment, wood products, textiles, chemicals, machine tools.

Currency: Euro since 1.1.2007.

Slovenia in Figures
Key statistical data of Slovenia.


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Official Sites of Slovenia

Predsednik Republike Slovenije
Slovenia's Presidency.

Government of the Republic of Slovenia
The official government's website provides information on important government-related events.

Predsednik Vlade
Office of Slovenia's Prime Minister.

Drzavni zbor
The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia.

E-uprava
Slovenia E-government information portal.

Government Public Relations and Media Office
Comprehensive information about Slovenia and its government.


Ministrstvo za Zunanje Zadeve
Slovenia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations
Official site of the Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the UN.
Embassy of Slovenia
London UK.
List of Diplomatic Missions of and in Slovenia
Adresses of Slovenian Missions Abroad and Foreign Missions in Slovenia.


Statistics
Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Slovenia in figures.


Weather
Agencija Republike Slovenije za okolje
Slovenian Hydrometeorological Institute (in Slovene).


Maps
Map of Slovenia
Political Map of Slovenia.

Google Earth Google Earth Slovenia
Searchable map and satellite view and map of Slovenia.

Google Earth Google Earth Ljubljana
Searchable map and satellite view of Slovenia's capital city.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.
 

Slovenia News

Delo
National news.
Dnevnik
National and international news (in Slovene).
Morel
Internet-based daily news (in Slovene).
Slovenia News
Economic, political and social news.
Slovenska tiskovna agencija - STA
Slovene Press Agency.
Vecer
Daily Newspaper (in Slovene).
 

 

Arts & Culture

Kobilarna LIPICA
Site of the Stud Farm Lipica and Lipizzan horses.
National Museum of Slovenia/Narodni Muzej
Cultural and scientific institution.
National and University Library
The Slovenian Philharmonic
Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Drama, Opera and Ballet at Maribor.
 

 

Business & Economy

Banka Slovenije
Bank of Slovenia.
Ljubljana Stock Exchange

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Slovenian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (TIPO)
Investment-related information.

Transportation
Airline
Adria Airways
Ljubljana based national carrier of Slovenia.
 
 

Destination Slovenia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Slovenija: Ljubljana, Maribor, Istria, Koper, Lippiza, the Emerald, Wind, Amber, Sun, Peddler, and Goldenhorn routes.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, rafting, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.


Welcome to Slovenia
Country information by the Slovenian Tourist Board.

About Slovenia
A Slovenia profile by Government Public Relations and Media Office.

Slovenjia
Slovenia travel and country information.

Virtual Slovenia
A virtual guide of Slovenia with images and 3D- 360° panoramas.

Kobilarna Lipica
Site of the stud farm Lipica and Lipizzan horses.


City Guides
Ljubljana
The Municipality of Ljubljana.
Ljubljana Tourist Information Portal
A visitors guide to Ljubljana.

Koper
The Municipality of Koper.
Tourism in Koper
The official tourism information for the city of Koper.
Maribor
A tourism guide to the city of Maribor.

Hotels
Hotels in Slovenia
Find a Hotel in Slovenia.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Education

Univerza v Ljubljani
The university of Ljubljana, first Slovenian university, founded in 1917.
Univerza v Mariboru
The university of Maribor (UM)

Science and Research
Jozef Stefan Institute
The leading Slovenian research organisation in the fields of natural sciences and technology.
Slovenian Current Research Information System (SICRIS)

 
 

Environment

Governmental Bodies
Ministrstvo za okolje in prostor
Official website of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.
MOP - Agencija RS za okolje
Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia.

Non Governmental Organizations
Greenpeace na Slovensku
Greenpeace Slovenia.
Za Matku Zem
Slovak NGO of natural environment and human rights protectors.
 
 

History

Historical Archives Ljubljana
Slovenija History
Historical overview of Slovenia's history by the Government Public Relations and Media Office.
 
 

Search

Mat'Kurja
A guide to virtual Slovenia.
Najdi.si
Slovenia portal (in Slovene).
SloWWWenia.com
Another guide to virtual Slovenia (in Slovene).

Newsgroup of Slovenia
soc.culture.slovenia

Additional Information on Slovenia

BBC News Country Profile: Slovenia
Governments on the WWW: Slovenia
Open Directory Project: Slovenia
Russian and East European Network Information Center REENIC - Slovenia
Wikipedia: Slovenia
The World Factbook -- Slovenia
 
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Article I
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Article 2
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