The Republic of Slovenia (Slovenian: Republika Slovenija ) is a coastal sub-Alpine country in southern Central Europe bordering Italy to the west, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, Croatia to the south and east, Hungary to the northeast, and Austria to the north.
Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia until gaining independence in 1991. Slovenia became a member of the European Union on 1 May 2004.
The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana .
conventional long form: Republic of Slovenia
conventional short form: Slovenia
local long form: Republika Slovenija
local short form: Slovenija
former: People's Republic of Slovenia, Socialist Republic of Slovenia