Slovenia

Slovenia is at the heart of the new Europe. The first of the republics to break away from the Yugoslav federation in 1991, it has enjoyed peace and prosperity ever since. It is the best-performing of the 2004 EU entrants and adopted the Euro in January 2007. It joined the Schengen passport-free zone on 21 December 2007. A member of NATO, the UN, UNHRC and OECD, Slovenia held the EU Presidency in the first half of 2008 - the first of the 2004 "new Europe" EU entrants to do so.

At just 20,273 square kilometres and 2 million people, Slovenia is one of Europe’s smallest countries. However, the incredible diversity of its countryside and richness of its heritage belie its modest size, with proportionally more forest and more caves than any other country in Europe. It is well connected by a motorway network. To the west, the warm Adriatic sea - Venice is barely two hours’ drive from Ljubljana. The the north, the ski resorts of the Julian Alps - and beyond, Salzburg is just two hours away. To the east lies the wine-growing region and then the rolling hills of Hungary. Slovenia’s southern neighbour is Croatia, with its famous coastline. The nearby airports of Ljubljana , Trieste, Maribor and Zagreb offer excellent connections with the rest of Europe and further afield. Ljubljana is an easyJet destination (with flights to London Stansted, Paris and Milan) and the national carrier Adria is a member of the Star Alliance which links it with Lufthansa and other global airlines.

The safe and clean city of Ljubljana (226,000 inhabitants) is the ideal location for an international school. With its recently-upgraded medieval centre, extensive parkland and extensive pedestrian zones, it has been referred to as one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. It is large enough to enjoy the trappings of city life, and yet small enough for everything to be easily accessible. A circuit of the ring-road takes about 20 minutes.

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