Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Dinaric Karst and the Mediterranean meets the Pannonian plains. It is sometimes called the picture-perfect paradise due to its varied geography which encompasses lush, green forests, hills with vineyards, crystal clear mountain lakes, fairytale castles, mysterious cave underworlds, many natural and landscape parks, rivers, and the sea and much more on only 20.273 km2. It became an independent state in 1991 and has been a member of the European Union since May 1st 2004. Euro was introduced as the state currency on Jan 1st 2007. Slovenia borders Austria in the north, Croatia in the south, Hungary in the east and Italy in the west.
population: 292,988 (source: SURS, 1.1.2019)
Altitude: 298 m (623 ft)
Ljubljana is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition and congressional centre as well as the transport, science and education centre of Slovenia. Ljubljana is a people-friendly city. Categorised as a medium-sized European city, it offers everything a metropolis does yet preserves its small-town friendliness. In 2016 Ljubljana was awarded the European Green Capital title for its striving for environmental and social sustainability.
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