Title: The Republic of Slovenia

Population: 2,102,106

Population Change: 0.01

National Average Age: 45

Urban Percentage: 55

Christian Population: 1,610,000

Christian Percentage: 68

Introduction: Slovenia a country in Central Europe is known for its mountains ski resorts and lakes. On Lake Bled a glacial lake fed by hot springs the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana Slovenia’s capital baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.

Overview: The Slovene lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the latter's dissolution at the end of World War I. In 1918 the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new multinational state which was named Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia which though communist distanced itself from Moscow's rule. Dissatisfied with the exercise of power by the majority Serbs the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 after a short 10-day war. Historical ties to Western Europe a strong economy and a stable democracy have assisted in Slovenia's transformation to a modern state. Slovenia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the euro zone and the Schengen zone in 2007.