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About Slovenia

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps face the Pannonian plains and the Mediterranean meets the mysterious Karst. To the north is Austria; Hungary is to the east; Croatia to the south and Italy to the west.
Slovenia has a population of 2 million, of which 83.1% (2002 census) are Slovenes. In Slovenia there are also two national minority communities of Italians and Hungarians. They are considered indigenous minorities, and their rights are protected under the Constitution. majority of Slovenes (almost 60%) are Roman Catholics, although there are around 38 other religious communities, spiritual groups, societies and associations registered in Slovenia. Slovenia has 46.6 km of sea coast - one inch per inhabitant. The highest mountain is called Triglav - the name meaning “three-heads” - and it is 2864m high. The mountain is a true national symbol, featured on the national coat of its great wines and delicious traditional food.

Area: 20,273 km
Population: 2,019,406 (30.6.2007)
Capital City: Ljubljana
Language: Slovene; also Italian and Hungarian in nationally mixed areas
Currency: euro (since 1 January 2007)
Important dates:
Independence: 25 June 1991
Member of EU: 1 May 2004
Introduction of the euro: 1 January 2007

Health care in Slovenia
Indicators: per 10,000 population (2004)
Number of doctors: 23
Number of dentists: 6
Number of nurses: 75
Number of hospital beds: 53
(Source: Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs)

Health care is a public service provided through the public health service network. This network also includes, on an equal basis, other institutions, private physicians and other private service providers on the basis of concessions. With relatively limited public funds available for this purpose, the level of health care in Slovenia is entirely comparable with the level of health care in the advanced countries of Europe.