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CERES Country Profile - Slovenia

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Country in a Box:
Republic of SloveniaRepublika Slovenija
 A view of the Triglav Mountain, Slovenia
 
A Teacher’s Guide
 
Compiled by the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European StudiesEdmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown Universityhttp://ceres.georgetown.edu
 
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Slovenia in a Box: Table of Contents
Facts at a Glance
3-5
History of Slovenia
6-8
Timeline of Major Events in Modern SlovenianHistory
9
Slovenia’s Culture
 
10-12
Folklore: The Wizard and his Pupil
13-14
 Additional Resources on Slovenia
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Island on Lake Bled in the winter, Slovenia
 
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The historical Slovene colorsare the same as the Russianhistorical colors. However,contrary to the flags of Serbiaand Bulgaria, the Slovene flag isnot derived from the flag ofRussia. [Text taken directly from
“Flags of the World.” Available
at:http://flagspot.net/flags/si.html]
 
Slovenia: Facts at a Glance
 _______ Text taken directly from Central Intelligence Agency.
The World Factbook: Slovenia
. Available at:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/si.html
Country Name
: Republic of Slovenia
Background
: The Slovene lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the latter's dissolution at the endof World War I. In 1918, the Slovenes joined the Serbsand Croats in forming a new multinational state, whichwas named Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II,Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia,which though Communist, distanced itself fromMoscow's rule. Dissatisfied with the exercise of power  by the majority Serbs, the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 after ashort 10-day war. Historical ties to Western Europe, a strong economy, and a stable democracyhave assisted in Slovenia's transformation to a modern state. Slovenia acceded to both NATOand the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2007.
Capital
: Ljubljana
Location
: south Central Europe, Julian Alps between Austria andCroatia.
Area
: total: 20,273 sq km (slightly smaller than New Jersey)land: 20,151 sq kmwater: 122 sq km
Terrain
: a short coastal strip on the Adriatic, an alpine mountainregion adjacent to Italy and Austria, mixed mountains and valleyswith numerous rivers to the east.
Elevation Extremes
: lowest point: Adriatic Sea 0 mhighest point: Triglav 2,864 m
Natural
Resources
: lignite coal, lead, zinc, building stone,hydropower, forests.
 
Environmental Issues
: Sava River polluted with domestic and industrial waste; pollution of coastal waters with heavy metals and toxic chemicals; forest damage near Koper from air  pollution (originating at metallurgical and chemical plants) and resulting acid rain.
Population
: 2,000,092 (July 2011 est.)

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