• Memories from Slovenia

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6th century The Slavic ancestors of present-day Slovenia first settle in the area.
7th century The Slavic Duchy of Carantania, the first Slovene state.
745 Carantania becomes part of the Frankish empire; the Slavs convert to Christianity and gradually
lose their independence.
c. 1000 The Freising Manuscripts, the first known writing in the Slovene and Slavic languages in Latin script.
14th century to 1918 All the Slovene regions pass into the possession of the Habsburgs, later the Austro-Hungarian
1550 and 1584 The Reformation brings literacy, the first printed book in 1550 and the first Slovene translation of
the Bibla in 1584.
1918 Formation of the kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
1943 Federal Peoples' Republic of Yugoslavia (officially declared on the 29th November of 1934).
April 1990 First democratic elections.
23 December 1990 88.5% of voters at the referendum vote in favour of an independent Slovenia.
25 June 1991 Slovenia officially declares its independence.
15 January 1992 The EU officially recognises Slovenia's independence.
22 may 1992 Slovenia becomes a founding member of the UN.
29 March 2004 Slovenia became a NATO member.
1 May 2004 Slovenia became an EU Member State.
1 January 2007 Slovenia adopted single European currency - Euro.
1 January 2008 Slovenia was the 1st new Member State to assume the Presidency of the Council in the first half
of 2008.
July 2010 Slovenia became an OECD member.


25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence

Slovenia is celebrating a quarter of a century of statehood. Get an overview of the two and a half decades since Slovenia gained its independence.

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