Slovenia may be a small country, but it boasts Alpine mountains, thick forests, historic cities and a stunning coastline.

It was the first former Yugoslav republic to join the European Union, in May 2004, and unlike Croatia or Bosnia-Herzegovina, its independence from Yugoslavia was almost bloodless.

The country also found the transition from a state economy to the free market easier than most, however it was badly affected by the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

It has a population of only two million people.

Its cuisine has been influenced by its neighbours, including pasta from Italy, Schitznel and strudel from Austrian and Hungarian goulash.

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