Facts about Slovenia

Slovenia has a population of approximately 2 million citizen.

Its capital city is Ljubljana, the venue of the Conference, Slovenia is a democratic republic founded on the principle of the separation of powers of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of authority.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor is the Honorary President of the 40th World Scout Conference.

Slovenia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and a member of NATO since 7 April 2004. It is also a member of many other international organisations.

The official language is Slovene. Additionally, Hungarian and Italian are official languages in their respective ethnically mixed areas.

The majority of the population is Roman Catholic; Slovenia also has 40 other officially registered religious communities.

In Slovenia, the metric system is used for units of measurements (metres, kilometres, grams, kilograms). Temperatures are expressed in degrees Celsius.

The lengths of borders and the coastline are:

  • Italy: 280 km
  • Austria: 330 km
  • Hungary: 102 km
  • Croatia: 670 km
  • coastline: 46.6 km

The highest peak is Triglav (2864 m), also the symbol of Slovenia. The average height above sea level is 556.8 m.

More than ten percent of the country’s territory is given over to nature parks. Triglav National Park is the only national park; alongside three regional parks, there are almost 45 landscape parks. Slovenia is included in the Natura 2000 European network of nature protection areas, intended to preserve biodiversity, and more than a third of the country falls within these areas.

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