The Slovene lands were part of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria until 1918 when the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new multinational state, renamed Yugoslavia in 1929.
In 1991, Slovenes conquered its independence. 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 the EU in 2004. The national capital is Ljubljana.
Ljubljana (photo Janez Kotar).
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