|a republic in S central Europe: settled by the Slovenes in the 6th century; joined Yugoslavia in 1918 and became an autonomous republic in 1946; became fully independent in 1992 and joined the EU in 2004; rises over 2800 m (9000 ft) in the Julian Alps. Official language: Slovene. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro (replacing the tolar in 2007). Capital: Ljubljana. Pop: 1 982 000 (2004 est). Area: 20 251 sq km (7819 sq miles)|
Republic in southeastern Europe at the top western corner of the Balkan Peninsula, bordered by Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the east and south, and the Adriatic Sea and Italy to the west. Its capital and largest city is Ljubljana.
Note: Often considered the most “European” of the former republics of Yugoslavia, Slovenia declared its independence in 1991. In the wake of this proclamation, Yugoslav troops attacked Slovenia, but without success.