Once a part of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia gained independence in 1991.
It is bordered by Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast and Italy to the west. It also has a coastline along the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.
Flag of Slovenia
If you’re looking to relocate to this beautiful country, you could always sail here in your boat through the Adriatic Sea! You’ll need the coordinates 46.0500° N, 14.5000°
The terrain here is mountainous in the north and east, whilst in the southwest you’ll come across the Karst Plateau (a name particular to this part of Slovenia), a limestone region featuring underground gorges, caves and rivers!
In fact, there are more than 10,000 caves in Slovenia; we wonder if there are any undiscovered fossils or prehistoric remains waiting to be found?
Did you know that more than 60% of Slovenia is forest?
Thanks to the vast forests, Slovenia is home to brown bears, lynx, wolves and many other wild animals!
The total land area of Slovenia is 7,827 square miles (20,273 square kilometres)…
…that’s around the same size as Wales.
Slovenia’s population was 2.081 million in 2019…
…that’s around 2/3 of the Welsh population.
The capital is Ljubljana; it covers an area of 63 square miles (164 square kilometres) and had a population of 279,631 in 2016.
Slovenians enjoy a Mediterranean climate on the coast and a continental climate throughout the rest of the country.
Did you know, Slovenia is home to more than 500 castles? Yes, that’s right, 500 – impressive!
Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia
The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian. Other languages including Hungarian and Italian are also spoken here.
As part of the European Union, Euro is the official currency of Slovenia.
Slovenians live for an average of 81.18 years (2017).
This largely tree-covered country grows potatoes, wheat, hops and sugar beets; they also rear cattle here.
Its industry consists of metallurgy, aluminium products, lead and zinc smelting, electronics and truck manufacturing.
Slovenia exports manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, food and chemicals.
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