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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
|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.