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Introduction: 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...

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Economic: Slovenia's economic performance has traditionally been stronger than the other former Republic of Yugoslavia states. Slovenia was one of the strongest economies of the countries that joined the European Union in 2004. Slovenia was also the first of the new EU members to join the Eurozone, which it did on 1 January 2007. Slovenia's economy is highly dependent on foreign trade, particularly on its principal export destinations (Germany, Italy and Austria).

Slovenia's gross domestic product (GDP) is set to rise modestly in 2011. GDP is expected to grow by 1.9 per cent in 2011, up from 1.2 per cent in 2010. Slovenia's budget ...

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History: Slovenia is today a vibrant democracy, but the roots of this democracy go back deep in Slovene history. According to the 16th-century French political philosopher, Jean Bodin, Slovenes practiced the unique custom of the Installation of the Dukes of Carinthia for almost 1,000 years, until the late 14th century. According to some scholars, Bodin's account of how Slovene farmers contractually ...

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Geography: Slovenia is situated at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The Alps dominate northern Slovenia along its long border to Austria and cover 42% of its territory. Slovenia's Adriatic coastline stretches 46 km from Italy to Croatia. The main port is Koper. Southern Slovenia's Karst plateau is a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves. On the Pannonian plain to the east and north east, towards the Croatian and Hungarian borders, the landscape is essentially flat. 64% of the country is forested. Most of Slovenia has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. Approximately 30% of ...

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