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<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="Slovenia" alt="Slovenia" /><br /> <strong>Capital:</strong> Ljubljana</p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-euro">Euro</a></p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/central-and-eastern-european-language-basics">Slovenian</a>, or Slovene, is the nation&#8217;s official language; English is widely understood because it is taught as a second language; Italian and Hungarian are also used in nationally mixed areas</p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visas-travelling-to-europe">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <h2>Basic Country Information</h2> <ul> <li>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.&quot;</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <h2>Places Contiki Visits in Slovenia</h2> <ul> <li>Ljubljana</li> </ul> <h2><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=slovenia"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Slovenia &gt;</strong></a>