Sunday, November 30, 2008

Biljana is presenting you our country Slovenia


The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps face the Panonian plains and the Mediterranean meets the mysterious Karst. To the north borders to Austria; Hungary is to the east, Croatia to the south and Italy to the west.

The Republic of Slovenia
Full name: Republic of Slovenia (Republika Slovenija)
State system: Democratic parliamentary republic; member of the EU since 1 May 2004
Capital: Ljubljana, 258,873 inhabitants
Official Language: Slovene, in some nationally mixed areas also Italian and Hungarian
National flag: three equal horizontal stripes in white, blue and red with Slovenian coat of arms on its left upper side
Coat of arms: Three six-pointed yellow stars are symbols of the Counts of Celje with Triglav as a symbol of Slovenehood and underlying two wavy lines symbolizing Slovenian rivers and the sea
Anthem: the seventh stanza of France Prešeren poem Zdravljica (a Toast); melody by Stanko Premrl
Currency: Euro
Phone dial code: +386

Area: 20,273 km²
Time zone: GMT/UTC +1
Length of borders: 1,370 km; with Austria: 318 km, with Croatia: 670 km, with Hungary: 102 km, with Italy: 280 km
Length of coastline: 46.6 km
Landscape: the territory of Slovenia is divided into four basic types of landscapes, Alpine in the north, Mediterranean in the south-west, Dinaric in the south and Pannonian in the east.
Climate: continental in central Slovenia, alpine in the north-west and sub-Mediterranean along the cost and its hinterland
Forest: 10,124 km2
Average temperature: January –2°C; July 21°C
Highest mountain: Triglav, 2,864 m
Longest river: Sava, 221 km
Largest lake: Cerknica lake (intermittent) 26 km²
Longest and deepest touristic karst cave: Postojnska jama, 19.5 km
Major natural park: Triglav national park, 83,808 ha

Main cities: Ljubljana (258.873), Maribor (93.847), Celje (37.834), Kranj (35.587), Velenje (26.742), Koper (23.726)
Ethnic composition of Slovenia:
Slovene 80.06%
Serbian 5.98%
Croatian 3.81%
Bosniak 1.10%
Hungarian 0.32%
Albanian 0.31%
Macedonian 0.20%
Romani 0.17%
Montenegrin 0.14%
Italian 0.11%
Other minorities 7.80%

Biljana Petkovič, 1. egč