The Republic of Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the mysterious karst. The Country is mostly elevated. Its terrain consists largely of karstic plateaus and ridges, magnificently precipitous Alpine peaks, basins and valleys. The highest Alpine peak in Slovenia is Triglav (2.864 m), which is a true national symbol. In a valley beneath Triglav lie idyllic Lake Bohinj and, north-eastward, Lake Bled. Almost 60 % of the national territory is covered by woods (3rd in the EU after Finland and Sweden), therefore green is the dominant color. Slovenia has 46,6 km of coastline, 26.000 kilometres of rivers and streams and some 7.500 springs of drinking water, including several hundred of first class therapeutic mineral springs.
Slovenia became independent in 1991. It has since established an international position and reputation as a democratic, stable and successful Central European country. Today, it is an important international player – a place where statesmen would meet, a member of international organisations, and a country enjoying friendly ties with other countries around the world.