The Republic of Slovenia, Capital Ljubljana

slovenian-flag-graphicSlovenia is a nation state on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast, and Hungary to the northeast. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq. mi) and has a population of 2.05 million.It is a parliamentary republic and a member of the European Union and NATO. Its capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

Slovenia is located in temperate latitudes. The climate is also influenced by the variety of relief, and the influence of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.

Slovenia’s current president is Borut Pahor.

Slovenia is a part of World Trade Organization, CEFTA, the European union and the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

Slovenia also participates in SECI (Southeast European Cooperation Initiative), as well as in the Central European Initiative, the Royaumont Process, and the Black Sea Economic Council.

Slovene is the only official language throughout the country, whereas Italian and Hungarian are regional minority languages.

Slovenia’s economy is highly dependent on foreign trade. Trade equals about 120% of GDP (exports and imports combined). About two-thirds of Slovenia’s trade is with other EU members.

Slovenia’s official currency is the Euro. Slovenia has a GDP of $62,949 billion PPP with per capita of $30,508 according to the 2015 estimate. Its industry provides 35% of the economic gain, agriculture 2.2% and services 62.8% (2009).

Rural tourism is important throughout the country. Horse-riding, cycling and hiking are among the most important tourist activities in these areas.

Slovenia’s industries produce ferrous metallurgy and aluminium products. Lead and zinc smelting; electronics (including military electronics), trucks, automobiles, electric power equipment, wood products, textiles, chemicals, machine tools.

Slovenia exports manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, and food. Its export patners are Germany, France, Austria, Italy and Croatia And it imports machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, chemicals, fuels and lubricants, food. Ist import patners are Germany, Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria.