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Slovenia (Slovenija in Slovenian), country in south central Europe, bounded on the north by Austria, on the northeast by Hungary, on the southeast and south by Croatia, and on the west by Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Formerly a constituent republic of Yugoslavia, Slovenia proclaimed its independence in June 1991. It joined the United Nations (UN) in May 1992 and became a full member of the European Union (EU) in 2004. Slovenia has an area of 20,253 sq km (7,820 sq mi). Ljubljana is the capital and largest city.



Fallon, Steve. Lonely Planet Slovenia. 4th ed. Lonely Planet, 2004. A guidebook for travelers.

Hafner, Danica Fink, and John R. Robbins, eds. Making a New Nation: The Formation of Slovenia. Dartmouth, 1997.

Gow, James. Slovenia and the Slovenes: A Small State and the New Europe. Indiana University Press, 2000. A comprehensive introduction to the history, politics, and culture of Slovenia.

Orr, Tamara. Slovenia. Scholastic, 2004. An introduction to the country for readers in grades 5 to 9.

Plut-Pregelj, Leopoldina, and Carole Rogel. Historical Dictionary of Slovenia. Scarecrow, 1996.


Ramet, Sabrina P., A.B., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of International Studies, University of Washington. Author of Balkan Babel: Politics, Culture, and Religion in Yugoslavia and other books.

Microsoft Encarta 2009. 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation.

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