Slovenia

A Toast

History

Slovenia was first inhabited by Illyrian and Celtic Tribes then in the beginning of the sixth century they joined the Bavarian Supremacy which submitted to a Germanic Group known as the Franks. After that Slovenia was controlled by Austria-Hungarian Empire but when they collapsed at the end of WWI they joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes under a Serbian Monarch. In 1929 the country was renamed Yugoslavia. In the summer of 1991 the Slovenes attacked the Yugoslav Army and fought in a 10 day war. The Slovenes won and the last Yugoslavian soldier left in October of 1991.

Geography

Location and Physical Features

Slovenia is located by Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. Half of the country is forested with rich animal and plant life. Wildflowers grow all over the country and there over 6,000 limestone caves. There are thermal springs, natural bridges, waterfalls, and mountain ranges.

Ljubljana: The Capitol

Ljubljana is the capital and the largest city of Slovenia. It has been the capital since the city of Carniola. Ljubljana is located right in the middle of Adriatic Sea and Danube Region trade route. It is also one of Europe's greenest capital with restricting car traffic so it doesn't pollute the emerald Ljubljanica River. You can go visit Prešernov Trg which holds all Ljubljana's architectural buildings and they are castles, libraries, and go eat at a traditional Slovenian restaurant.

Major Cities

Flag

The flag was adopted on June 27, 1991. It is has 3 horizontal stripes white, blue, and red with a small emblem in the middle of the white and red line. Slovenia's current flag was developed from the Duchy of Carniola in 1848 to 1918. The flag symbolizes the struggle, freedom for independence, and the culture and lifestyle of the Slovenian people.

Government

Slovenia has been held under a lot of different types of government but right now they have a Democratic Republic where everyone over the age 18 can vote for the president and the head of the supremacy. Their currency is euros and they have been apart of the EU since 2004. They applied once they were independent in 1991 but they weren't officially accepted until 2004.

Interesting Facts

1. When you get married in the island of Bled; the tradition is that the groom carries the bride(who must remain silent) up a 99 steep staircase to the church.

2. Slovenian language is one of the only languages where dual form still exist. They speak Slovene but the also speak Italian and Hungarian.

3. Ptuj is the oldest city in Slovenia and it was built on Roman foundations.

Bibliography

1."Subscriber Area Only." CultureGrams Online Database:. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.