Although only a small Central European country, Slovenia is blessed with beautiful and diverse lands filled with Alps, mountains, lakes, rivers, castles, small coast, forests, plains and hills."
Slovenes chose independence as the Republic of Slovenia in 1991. In the 5th century, Slovenians had their own state called Carantania later known as Carinthia which was centred around Klagenfurt.
Slovenians are relaxed people who have much in common with western Europeans due to Slovenia being a part of the Central European Holy Roman Empire between the years 800 and 1806.
Many Slovenians are very understanding of how difficult their language is to learn and to use and are more than willing to help visitors who cannot speak Slovenian.
Slovenia is also known for its historic castles, world famous Lipizzaner horses, skiing, hiking, great wines and delicious traditional food. Skiing is a national sport which plays an important role in Slovenian culture.