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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Slovenia
conventional short form: Slovenia
local long form: Republika Slovenija
local short form: Slovenija
former: People's Republic of Slovenia, Socialist Republic of Slovenia
Gevernment typeparliamentary republic
Capital name: Ljubljana
geographic coordinates: 46 03 N, 14 31 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionthree equal horizontal bands of white (top), blue, and red, with the Slovenian seal (a shield with the image of Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak, in white against a blue background at the center; beneath it are two wavy blue lines depicting seas and rivers, and above it are three six-pointed stars arranged in an inverted triangle, which are taken from the coat of arms of the Counts of Celje, the great Slovene dynastic house of the late 14th and early 15th centuries); the seal is located in the upper hoist side of the flag centered in the white and blue bands
Currencyeuro (EUR)
note: on 1 January 2007, Slovenia's currency became the euro; both the tolar and the euro were in circulation from 1 January until 15 January
Internet country code.si
Ports and terminalsKoper
Agriculture productspotatoes, hops, wheat, sugar beets, corn, grapes; cattle, sheep, poultry
Industriesferrous metallurgy and aluminum products, lead and zinc smelting; electronics (including military electronics), trucks, electric power equipment, wood products, textiles, chemicals, machine tools
Geography
LocationCentral Europe, eastern Alps bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia
Coordinates46 07 N, 14 49 E
ContinentEurope
Area total: 20,273 sq km
land: 20,151 sq km
water: 122 sq km
Boundaries total: 1,382 km
border countries: Austria 330 km, Croatia 670 km, Hungary 102 km, Italy 280 km
Coastline46.6 km
ClimateMediterranean climate on the coast, continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east
Terraina short coastal strip on the Adriatic, an alpine mountain region adjacent to Italy and Austria, mixed mountains and valleys with numerous rivers to the east
Natural resourceslignite coal, lead, zinc, mercury, uranium, silver, hydropower, forests
Natural hazardsflooding and earthquakes
People
Population2,010,347 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsSlovene 83.1%, Serb 2%, Croat 1.8%, Bosniak 1.1%, other or unspecified 12% (2002 census)
ReligionsCatholic 57.8%, Orthodox 2.3%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 2.4%, unaffiliated 3.5%, other or unspecified 23%, none 10.1% (2002 census)
LanguagesSlovenian 91.1%, Serbo-Croatian 4.5%, other or unspecified 4.4% (2002 census)

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