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Slovenia

Country Name

Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia.

Location

Slovenia is a country located in Central Europe.

It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest.

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Capital 

Ljubljana.

Reason For Naming the country

Slovenia's name means the "Land of the Slavs" in Slovene and other South Slavic languages.

It is thus a cognate of the words Slavonia, Slovakia, and Slavia. The etymology of Slav itself remains uncertain.

The reconstructed autonym *Slověninъ is usually derived from the word Slovo ("word"), originally denoting "people who speak (the same language)," i. e. people who understand each other. This is in contrast to the Slavic word denoting German people, namely *němьcь, meaning "silent, mute people" (from Slavic *němъ "mute, mumbling").

Flag

The first use of the flag was in 1848.

The current Flag of Slovenia was adopted on June 25, 1991.

The flag of Slovenia consists of three equal horizontal stripes of traditional Pan-Slavis colors with white, blueand red.

The Slovenia coat of arms is placed on the hoist side of the flag, the coat of arms is made up of a blue shield outlined in red and a white mountain with two wavy lines

underneath and three six-pointed stars situated above the stylized peaks. 

The Red color represents the blood that had been shed during battles

for their freedom,

the white color represented purity and peace

while the blue represented honor.

The mountain represents Mount Triglav which is the country’s highest

peak.

The wavy lines near the bottom of the mountain refer to the Adriatic Sea as well as the various rivers which run through Slovenia.

The three six-pointed stars are representative of the 14th-century coat of arms of the house of the Counts of Celje (a powerful dynasty that ruled in Slovenia in the 14th to 15th centuries).

Flag Facts:

Slovenia Flag, Slovakia Flag & Russian Flag.

The flags of Slovenia & Slovakia most closely resembling the Russian flag, which differ mainly in being longer than the Russian flag and incorporating their respective country's coat of arms into the flag design.

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Religion

Christianity is the religion of the majority in Slovenia.

About half of the population adhere to Roman Catholicism as it is the most popular Christian denomination in the country.

Adherents of Orthodox Christianity and other Christian denominations comprise 2.3% and 0.9% of the population, respectively.

2.4% of the population is represented by Muslims. Followers of other religions and those who have not specified any religion account for 23% of the country’s population.

A significant section of Slovenia’s population do not believe in any religion (10.1%) or are not affiliated to any specific religion (3.5%).

Although the number of Protestants in Slovenia’s population is quite small today, Protestantism played an important role in the development of the Slovene literature including its standard language. 

Besides Christianity, Judaism is another religion that has a long history in Slovenia. A Jewish community inhabited the region prior to the 6th century. However, the number of Jews in Slovenia sharply dropped during the Holocaust and today only around 400 to 600 Jews live in Slovenia. Most of them are found in the capital city of the country, Ljubljana.

Language 

The official language in Slovenia is Slovene, which is a member of the South Slavic language group.

Hungarian and Italian, are recognized as the first language of the protected Italian and Hungarian minorities , It is also a co-official language in Slovenia

 The most taught foreign languages are English, German, Italian, French and Spanish.

Currency

Euro (€) (EUR)

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Time Zone

+02:00 GMT.  (Summer Time)

+01:00 GMT.

Government Regime

Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic

Climate

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. In the northeast, the continental climate type with the greatest difference between winter and summer temperatures prevails.

In the coastal region, there is a sub-Mediterranean climate. The effect of the sea on the temperature rates is visible also up the Soča valley, while a severe Alpine climate is present in the high mountain regions. There is a strong interaction between these three climatic systems across most of the country.

The short coastline of Slovenia is good for a beach holiday in summer, especially in July and August, even though there can be some cool and rainy days or some afternoon thunderstorms.
The best time to visit Slovenia is from June to September.

International Phone Code

+386

Internet Code

.si

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