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Slovenia is a Central European nation at the intersection of the major European cultural and commercial routes. It spans 20,273 km2 (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2,084 million. Ljubljana is its capital and largest city.
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Key Facts & Information
- The Slovenians are a South Slavic people with a unique language.
- Throughout much of its history, Slovenia was primarily dominated by the Austrian Habsburgs, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire and its successor states, the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary; however, Venice retained coastal parts for a period.
- For much of the post-World War II era, Slovenia came under communist rule as part of Yugoslavia. A multiparty parliamentary political system emerged in 1991, with the breakup of the Yugoslav republic. Late-20th century economic growth in Slovenia attracted hundreds of thousands of refugees from elsewhere in the Balkans.
- Slovenia is a Central European nation that for much of the 20th century was part of Yugoslavia.
- It is a small yet topographically diverse nation consisting of portions of four major European geographical landscapes.
- Slovenia is bordered to the west by Italy, north by Austria, northeast by Hungary, southeast by Croatia, and southwest by the Adriatic Sea.
- Most of Slovenia is elevated. The terrain consists primarily of karstic plateaus and ridges beyond the coastal region. The only major flat area is in the northeast.
- Slovenia can be divided into three climatic regions. The maximum monthly precipitation falls in the moderate zone in spring and fall.
- Winter temperatures are rarely lower than 50°F. Central and northern Slovenia have a “cold autumn” continental climate.
- Around nine-tenths of people in Slovenia are ethnically Slovene. They are descendants of settlers who arrived in the sixth century CE.
- Italians and Hungarians are the two major ethnic minority groups in Slovenia, though neither is large. Most Italians live in Primorska and Hungarians in northeastern Prekmurje.
- Roma (gypsy) cultures are also indigenous to Slovenia and mainly found in northeastern Slovenia.
- Slovene, Slovenia’s official language, is a South Slavic language but also has affinities with Slovak and West Slavic Czech.
- Eastern Slovenian dialects merge with Serbo-Croatian Kajkavian varieties, but literary Slovene is distant from its Croatian counterparts and borrows vocabulary from German and Italian.
- In the 8th century CE, the Slavic tribes embraced Christianity. Around three-fifths of Slovenians adhered to Roman Catholicism in the early 21st century, down from four-fifths in the 1990s. The 1970s saw an influx of Muslim and Orthodox Christians into Slovenia.
- In the early 20th century, Slovenians began the modernisation and diversification of their economy. Slovenia made great strides under the market-oriented “self-management” model of socialism in Yugoslavia.
- The Slovenian economy in the early 21st century was focused primarily on services and trade.
- They also formed a small community, tajkuni (“tycoons”), of newly wealthy citizens. Despite there having only been minor improvements in the conventional smallholding system of land ownership, the transition to a market economy has improved living conditions in rural localities.
- Slovenia’s primary crops include wheat, corn, sugar beets, barley, potatoes, apples, and pears. There’s a little viticulture as well.
- Farms previously held by the state have been privatised. The majority of Slovenia’s farms are family owned.
GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY
- The constitution of Slovenia, passed in 1991, created a form of parliamentary government.
- A president, serving as head of state and popularly elected for a term of five years, serves two terms in a row. The Head of Government is the Prime Minister, who in the National Assembly is normally the leader of the majority party.
- The občina (municipality) is the local administrative unit of Slovenia.
- The nation is composed of hundreds of municipalities. The Slovenian local government is mainly responsible for public infrastructure, primary education, and implementing social and cultural programs.
- The state offers most medical care, and the public health system in Slovenia is one of the best developed in Central and Eastern Europe.
- Practically all Slovenians aged 15 and older are literate. Primary schooling for all children aged 6 to 15 is mandatory and free.
- Secondary education is either vocational or technical.
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