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Economy of Slovenia since its bid for Independence!!
Slovenia was and is by far the most prosperous of the former Yugoslav republics,   with a per capita income more than twice the Yugoslav average,  indeed not far below the levels of neighboring Austria and Italy.

Because of its strong ties to Western Europe and the small scale of damage during its fight for independence from Yugoslavia.

Slovenia had and has the brightest prospects among the former Yugoslav republics for economic recovery over the next few years.

The dissolution of Yugoslavia, however, has led to severe short-term dislocations in production,employment, and trade ties.

For example, overall industrial production fell 10% in 1991; particularly hard hit were the iron and steel, machine-building, chemical, and textile industries.
Meanwhile, the continued fighting in other former Yugoslavian republics has led to further destruction of long-established trade channels and to an influx of tens of thousands of Croatian and Bosnian refugees.

The key program for breaking up and privatizing major industrial firms was established in late 1992.

Bright spots for encouraging Western investors were and are Slovenia's comparatively well-educated work force, its developed infrastructure, and its Western business attitudes.
Slovenia in absolute terms is a small economy, that has proven itself worthy among European Nations.

Some facts:

GDP: $21 billion, per capita $10,700; real growth rate - 10% (1991 est.)
Labor Force: 786,036; 2% agriculture, manufacturing and mining 46%
Industrial Production: Industrial production has been declining at a rate of about 1% per month (1991-92), mostly because of lost markets in the other former Yugoslav republics
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People of Slovenia
National Costume - although each region has its own,
the above is the best  known
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Population 1996: 2,000,000
Population Density: 251 persons/sq mi
Urban Population: 978,000
Urban Percentage: 48.9 % of total population
Population Growth (1996 est.): 5,200
Population Growth Rate (1993 est.): 0.3 % annually
Population Doubling Time: 266.60 years
Births (1996 est.): 25,000 annually
Birth Rate: 12.50 births per 1,000 population.
Fertility Rate: 1.71 children per woman.
Deaths (1996 est.): 19,800
Death Rate: 9.90 per 1,000 population.
Population Under Age 15, Percent: 20.6 %
Population Over Age 65, Total: 216,000
Life Expectancy: 72.9 years
Life Expectancy, Female: 76.7 years
Life Expectancy, Male: 68.8 years
Religious Affiliations: Roman Catholic 94%, Orthodox Catholic 2%, Muslim 1%, other 3%
Major Languages spoken: Slovenian 91%, Serbo-Croatian 7%, English 29% , German 11%, Italian 9%, other 2%
Ethnic Divisions: Slovene 91%, Croat 3%, Serb 2%, Muslim 1%, other 3%

The above were excerps of statistics from the World Atlas.
Needless to say Slovenians are and have proved themselves a worthy nation thereby earning the right to be free.

Freedom is the right of every human being.
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