Slovenia (Republika Slovenija)
A beatiful country in Central Europe. Slovenia is situated in the north-west of the Balkan Peninsula in the eastern part of the Alps. This is one of the smallest countries in Europe. The country's independence was proclaimed June 25, 1991. 1 May 2004 Slovenia joined the European Union. Basic kinds of tourism in the country - trips and recreation, beach holiday, rest on lakes, recreation (skiing, white water rafting).
The location, grounds and landscape
Slovenia borders Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the east and Croatia in the south. A small area in the west of the country is washed by Adriatic Sea.
The country's territory is 20 253 km².
The relief of the northern and north-western part of the country is mountainous, the highest point belongs to the Julian Alps - Triglav mount (2,864 m). Slovenia is situated in the south of Karst karst fields, where, due to the destructive processes of limestone, formed numerous lakes. Throughout the country flows tributary of the Danube - the Sava river.
Population: over 2 million 50 thousand people.
Capital: Ljubljana, with 275 thousand inhabitants.
Biggest cities: Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Kranj, Velenje.
Languages: the official language in Slovenia is Slovene. On the Adriatic coast many locals speak Italian.
Religion: about 80% of the believing population - Catholics, also there are many Orthodox and Muslims.
Time zone: UTC +1.
Calling code: +386.
Currency: euro (EUR). In 1 Jan. 2007 Slovenia made transition from tolars to Euro. One EUR equals 100 cents. Are used banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.
Credit card payment systems: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.