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Slovenia's Information

Flag of Slovenia
Land Area 20,151 km2
Water Area 122 km2
Total Area 20,273km2 (#150)
Population 1,978,029 (#147)
Population Density 98.16/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $68.35 Billion
GDP Per Capita $33,100
Currency Euro (EUR)
Largest Cities
  • (1200BC) Celtic people settled in the area of modern Slovenia
  • (81BC) Romans conquered the territories of modern Slovenia
500's AD – 900's AD
  • (550AD) First wave of Slavic settlements began
  • (585-595) Slavs and Avars settled in eastern Alps; remaining aboriginal Romanized population fled
  • (623) Slavs rose up against Avars
  • (907) Slovene territory settled by Magyars
  • (955) German King Otto I defeated the Magyars
1200's – 1800's
  • (1282) Rule of Habsburg dukes ruled over most of Slovene lands began
  • (1511) Ljubjana devastated by earthquake
  • (1566) Region of Prekmurje occupied by Ottomans
  • (1593) Battle of Sisak ceased expansion of Ottoman Empire into Slovene territory and restored the balance of power
  • (1848) United Slovenia became first Slovene political program
  • (1889) Coal miners struck in Zasavje districts
  • (1918) National Council of Slovenes, Croats, Serbs established
  • (1918) National Council of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs ceased relations with Austria-Hungary; proclaimed (short-lived) State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs
  • (1918) The State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs joined Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of Montenegro to form Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (SHS)
  • (1919) Treaty of Saint-Germain confirmed break-up of Austria-Hungary. New territory included countries of Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • (1920) Security agreement signed between Czechoslovakia and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • (1929) Kingdom renamed by King Alexander I, became known as Yugoslavia
  • (1935) Milan Stojadinovic became prime minister
  • (1938) Dragisa Cvetkovic became prime minister
  • (1941) Slovenia occupied by German, Italian and Hungarian forces, divided into three parts
  • (1945) Slovenia became constituent republic of socialist Yugoslavia following end of the war
  • (1989) Parliament confirmed right of Slovenia to secede from Yugoslav federation
  • (1990) Milan Kucan elected president
  • (1991) Slovenia declared independence, Yugoslav federal army intervened, about 10 killed, EU negotiated cease-fire, Yugoslave army withdrew
  • (1992) EU recognized Slovenia's independence; Slovenia joined United Nations; Milan Kucan re-elected president; Janez Drnovsek became prime minister
  • (1993) Slovenia joined IMF; Slovenia signed associated agreement with EU
  • (1997) Milan Kucan re-elected president; Janez Drnovsek re-elected prime minister
  • (1999) Slovenia allowed NATO to use airspace during bombing of Kosovo and Serbia
  • (2000) Andrej Bajuk became prime minister
  • (2002) Slovenia formally invited to join NATO at Prague summit; Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek elected president
  • (2004) Slovenia admitted to NATO; joined EU
  • (2005) Slovene parliament ratified EU constitution; parliament declared ecological zone in Adriatic Sea
  • (2005) Protests took place protesting government plans to cut benefits and flat tax rate
  • (2007) Slovenia became first former communist state to adopt euro currency; Danilo Turk elected president
  • (2008) Slovenia was first former communist state to assume EU presidency
  • (2008) Borut Pahor became prime minister
  • (2009) Slovenia last NATO member to ratify Croatia's membership in the alliance
  • (2009) Slovenia lifted embargo on EU membership talks
  • (2009) Arbitration Agreement between Croatia and Slovenia signed ending border disputes
  • (2010) Flooding caused by heavy rains in three regions, including the capital, caused over €15 million in damages, killed three
  • (2010) Croatia border dispute referendum passed by voters
  • (2010) Referendum to reform public television rejected by voters
This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

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