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Slovenia

Background

Slovenia

The Slovene lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the latter's dissolution at the end of World War I. In 1918, the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new multinational state, which was named 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 by the majority Serbs, the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 after a short 10-day war. Historical ties to Western Europe, a strong economy, and a stable democracy have assisted in Slovenia's transformation to a modern state. Slovenia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2007.

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Slovenia (Slovenija) is a country in Central Europe that lies in the eastern Alps at the northeastern end of the Adriatic Sea, with Austria to the north, Italy to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast and Croatia to the south. Despite its small size, Slovenia has a surprising variety of terrain, ranging from the beaches of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Julian Alps, to the rolling hills of the south. Slovenia was already more economically advanced than other nations behind the iron curtain prior to European integration and the powerhouse of Tito's Yugoslavia. Contrary to the popular misconception, Slovenia was not a part of the Eastern bloc (not after the Yugoslavian notorious split with the Soviet Union in 1948). Added the fact that Slovenia is also home to some of the finest scenery in the "New Europe", the transition from socialism to the European common market economy has gone well and serves as a model for other nations on the same track to follow.

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SloveniaGrand Hotel Metropol 

Obala 77
Portoroz 6320
Slovenia

Price (US$): $136 - $151 / night

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Location. Grand Hotel Metropol is located on the beach in Portoroz, close to Portoroz Beach, Piran Harbour, and Tartinijev Trg. Another point of interest is Savudrian Lighthouse. Hotel Features. Dining options at Grand Hotel Metropol include 2 restaurants. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, outdoor tennis… more »

SloveniaHotel Lev 

Vosnjakova ulica 1
Ljubljana 1000
Slovenia

Price (US$): $132 - $184 / night

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Location. Hotel Lev is a business friendly hotel located in central Ljubljana, close to National Gallery of Slovenia, GR Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, and Ljubljana Town Hall. Additional points of interest include Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre and National Heroes Square. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Lev include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each… more »

SloveniaGrand Hotel Toplice 

Cesta Svobode 12
Bled 4260
Slovenia

Price (US$): $270 - $571 / night

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Location. Grand Hotel Toplice is a business friendly hotel located in central Bled, close to Bled Castle, Lake Bled, and Church of Sv Marika Bozja. Additional points of interest include Vintgar Gorge. Hotel Features. Dining options at Grand Hotel Toplice include 3 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms,… more »

SloveniaKempinski Palace Portoroz 

Obala 45
Portoroz 6320
Slovenia

Price (US$): $279 - $868 / night

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Location. Kempinski Palace Portoroz is located on the beach in Portoroz, close to Portoroz Beach, Piran Harbour, and Tartinijev Trg. Another point of interest is Savudrian Lighthouse. Hotel Features. Kempinski Palace Portoroz features a coffee shop/café and a poolside bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning in the breakfast room. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a sauna, a… more »

SloveniaGrand Hotel Portoroz 

Obala 33
Portoroz 6320
Slovenia

Price (US$): $184 - $690 / night

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Location. Grand Hotel Portoroz is located on the beach in central Portoroz, close to Portoroz Beach, Piran Harbour, and Tartinijev Trg. Another point of interest is Savudrian Lighthouse. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Grand Hotel Portoroz offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. 2 beach bars and 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a health… more »

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Slovenia

Full name
Republic of Slovenia
Capital
Ljubljana
Location

Central Europe, eastern Alps bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia

Geographic coordinates

46 07 N, 14 49 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than New Jersey

Border countries

Austria 330 km, Croatia 455 km, Hungary 102 km, Italy 199 km

Coastline

46.6 km

Climate

Mediterranean climate on the coast, continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east

Terrain

a short coastal strip on the Adriatic, an alpine mountain region adjacent to Italy and Austria, mixed mountains and valleys with numerous rivers to the east

Lowest point

Adriatic Sea 0 m

Highest point

Triglav 2,864 m

Natural resources

lignite coal, lead, zinc, building stone, hydropower, forests

Population

2,003,136 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Slovene 83.1%, Serb 2%, Croat 1.8%, Bosniak 1.1%, other or unspecified 12% (2002 census)

Religions

Catholic 57.8%, Muslim 2.4%, Orthodox 2.3%, other Christian 0.9%, unaffiliated 3.5%, other or unspecified 23%, none 10.1% (2002 census)

Languages

Slovenian (official) 91.1%, Serbo-Croatian 4.5%, other or unspecified 4.4%, Italian (official) Only in municipalities where Hungarian national communities reside, Hungarian (official) Only in municipalities where Hungarian national communities reside (2002 census)

Government type

parliamentary republic

Independence

25 June 1991 (from Yugoslavia)

National holiday

Independence Day/Statehood Day, 25 June (1991)

Chief of state

President Danilo TURK (since 22 December 2007)

Head of government

Prime Minister Borut PAHOR (since 7 November 2008)

Internet country code

.si

Internet users

1.298 million (2009)

Airports

16 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Koper

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