Capital | Ljubljana
Population | 2,003,136 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 20,273 SQ KM
Official Language | Slovenian
Holidays | Independence Day/Statehood Day, 25 June (1991- from Yugoslavia)
Currency | euros (EUR)
Time Zone | UTC +1
Best Time to Visit | May to September (summer)
Connecting with the Culture | White-water rafting on the rapids of the Soca River. Boating on the fairytale Lake Blend. Marvelling at the world-renowned Lipizzaner horses sstrutting their stuff at Lipica. Taking in the Predjama Castle. Partying at the Kurentovanje festival in Ptuj.
Read | Questions about Slovenia by Matjaz Chvatal – the describes the differences between Slovenia, Slovakia and Slavonia.
Listen | to anything by Vita Mavric – a classic Slovene chanteuse.
Watch | Maja Weiss’s Varuh Meje, which follows the journey of three young women on a break from college who take a perilous journey down the Kolpa River, crossing national, political and sexual boundaries.
Eat | zlikrofi – ravioli of cheese, bacon, and chives; gibanica – a rich dessert consisting of layers of flaky pastry with fruit, nut, cheese and poppy-seed filling topped off with cream.
Drink | zganje – a strong brandy or eau de vie distilled from a variety of fruits but most commonly apples, plums and cherries.
In a Word | dober dan (good day)
Characteristics | fairytale castles; virgin forests; blue rivers; adventure-mad locals
Surprises | This tiny country has produced several world ski champions; and it has been making high-quality wine since the time of the Romans.