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Slovenia Country Guide 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.

Slovenia Full Name: Republic of Slovenia
Area: 20,273 sq km (land: 20,151 sq km, water: 122 sq km)
Population: 1,978,029 (July 2016 est.)
Capital City: Ljubljana

People: Slovene 83.1%, Serb 2%, Croat 1.8%, Bosniak 1.1%, other or unspecified 12% (2002 census)
Language: Slovenian (official) 91.1%, Serbo-Croatian 4.5%, other or unspecified 4.4%, Italian (official, only in municipalities where Italian national communities reside), Hungarian (official, only in municipalities where Hungarian national communities reside) (2002 census)
Religion: 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)

Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Chief of State President Borut PAHOR (since 22 December 2012)
Head of Government: Interim Prime Minister Alenka BRATUSEK (since 5 March 2014)

GDP: $US 66.13 billion (2016 est.)
GDP per Capita: $US 32,000 (2016 est.)
Inflation: -0.2% (2016 est.)
Unemployment: 11.6% (2016 est.)
Industries: Ferrous metallurgy and aluminum products, lead and zinc smelting, electronics (including military electronics), trucks, electric power equipment, wood products, textiles, chemicals, machine tools
Currency: Euro (€ - EUR)

Member of EU: Yes

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