Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe, but contains within its borders Alpine mountains, thick forests, historic cities and a short Adriatic coastline.
Slovenia was the first former Yugoslav republic to join the European Union, in May 2004 – shortly after joining Nato.
Unlike Croatia or Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia’s independence from Yugoslavia was almost bloodless. The country also found the transition from a state economy to the free market easier than most.
Long regarded as one of the best-performing new EU members, Slovenia was dragged into a deep recession by the European financial crisis in 2012.
Slovenia’s relations with Croatia have been strained on account of a rumbling dispute over sea and land borders dating back to the break-up of Yugoslavia.
- Solomon Islands
- Capital: Honiara
- Population 566,000
- Area 27,556 sq km (10,639 sq miles)
- Major languages English (official), Melanesian dialects
- Major religion Christianity
- Life expectancy 67 years (men), 70 years (women)
- Currency Solomon Islands dollar