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Republic of Slovenia
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Location  Europe
Capital  Ljubljana
Area  20,273 sq km
Population  2,000,092
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  • Slovenia was crowned as the fifth greenest country in the world according to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2016 published by Yale University, Columbia University and the World Economic Forum. The EPI index ranks the performance of each nation in protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems based on nine assessment areas that include air quality, climate and energy, forests and water resources.[1]

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  • Slovenian ski jumper Peter Prevc became the first man to jump 250 meters on 14 February 2015 in an extraordinary performance at Vikersund in Norway.

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  • The bottlenose dolphin only colonized the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age - about 18,000 years ago – according to new research published on 17 February 2015 by Slovenian scientists and their international colleagues.[2]

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  • Slovenia won gold in the ski jumping mixed team competition at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games.[3]

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  • Slovenia ranked as the world’s fifth safest country for the newborn with fifth lowest newborn mortality rates, according to an official report published by UNICEF on 20 February 2018.[4]

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  • Slovenian Robert Kranjec won the gold medal at the Ski-Flying World Championship in Vikersund, Norway on 25 February 2012.[5]

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  • On March 26, 2011 Slovenia along with Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia signed a historic declaration to launch a cross-border nature reserve to protect their shared nature and wildlife along the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers, known as 'Europe’s Amazon'.

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  • Vita Majce from Slovenia received a Unesco-L’Oreal International Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences on 29 March 2012 for her research on the challenge of drug resistance in bacteria, in the hope of contributing to the creation of new antibacterial medicines.[6]
  • Slovenia became member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance, on March 29, 2004.[7]

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  • Uroš Macerl, an organic farmer from Slovenia, received the 2017 Goldman Prize for the Europen region for successfully stoping a cement kiln from co-incinerating petcoke with hazardous industrial waste by rallying legal support from fellow Eko Krog activists and leveraging his status as the only citizen allowed to challenge the plant’s permits.[8]

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  • The agreement signed between Slovenia and Iran on double taxation avoidance and tax evasion prohibition in a bid to give a boost to the bilateral trade came into effect, as announced on 28 April 2015.

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  • Slovenia ranked as the seventh most peaceful country in the world, according to a report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) on 1 June 2017.[9]

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  • Slovenia ranked as the 15th most peaceful country in the world at the 2015 Global Peace Index published by Institute for Economics & Peace.[10]

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  • Slovenia's student team DORA won the runner-up award in the Innovation category in Microsoft's student technology competition Imagine Cup on 11 July 2013, Slovenia's best result in the Imagine Cup so far. Their project Dora is an interactive physician’s assistant enabling a unique presentation of patients’ information before and during surgical procedures, which indirectly affects environmental and economic aspects of healthcare.[11]

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  • Slovenia's Urska Zolnir won her country's first Olympic judo gold at the London Games on 31 July 2012 in the women's -63kg final.[12]


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  • Tina Trstenjak won Slovenia's first medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics, with gold in the women's 63kg judo.[13]

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  • An international team of archaeologists led by Ivan Šprajc of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art has found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, as reported on 14 August 2014.[14]

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  • Slovenia won gold in the men's handball event at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics beating Egypt 31-25.[15]

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  • Veselka Pevec of Slovenia won Mixed R4-10m Air Rifle Standing - SH2 - Shooting gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.[16]

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  • Dr. Janez Potočnik of Slovenia, European Commissioner for the Environment, was awarded the 2013 United Nations Champions of the Earth award for his work to reduce food waste, including setting 2020 targets for the European Union (EU) to halve food waste and eliminate the need for landfills.[17]

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  • Fourteen-year-old Dasa Bahor of Slovenia was awarded the bronze medal at the 2016 Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Competition.[18]

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  • Slovenian Davo Karnicar accomplished an uninterrupted ski descent from the top of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, on 7 October 2000. Davo became the first man who skied down non-stop from the summit of Mount Everest.[19]
  • Slovenian mountaineers Andrej Štremfelj and Marija Štremfelj reached the summit of Mount Everest on 7 October 1990, becoming the first married couple to summit Everest.[20]

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  • Slovenia clinched the seventh spot on the 2016 Girls’ Opportunity Index released by Save the Children, a global index that provides a snapshot of the situation of girls in respective countries according to their opportunity to control their own lives and to fulfil their potential.[21]

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  • Slovenia was ranked as the world‘s seventh most gender-equal country, according to the World Economic Forum‘s Global Gender Gap index published on 2 November 2017.[22]

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  • Slovenia secured the 13th position at the 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) global education survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.[23]

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  • Ljubljana of Slovenia was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Literature category.[24]

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References


  1. http://issuu.com/2016yaleepi/docs/epi2016_final
  2. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11692-015-9309-8
  3. http://www.lillehammer2016.com/en/News/Ski-Jumping/Slovenians-complete-ski-jump-gold-clean-sweep-and-look-towards-senior-titles
  4. https://www.unicef.org/media/media_102677.html
  5. http://svn.amebylon.net/archives/2203
  6. http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/FWIS_2012_Fellows_en.pdf
  7. http://www.nato.int/docu/update/2004/03-march/e0329a.htm
  8. http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/uros-macerl/
  9. http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uploads/2017/06/GPI-2017-Report.pdf
  10. http://static.visionofhumanity.org/sites/default/files/Global%20Peace%20Index%20Report%202015_0.pdf
  11. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Jul13/07-11ImagineCup13PR.aspx
  12. http://www.london2012.com/judo/event/women-less-than-63kg/index.html
  13. https://www.rio2016.com/en/judo-standings-ju-women-63-kg
  14. http://www.zrc-sazu.si/en/novice/two-ancient-maya-cities-discovered-in-the-jungle-of-southeastern-mexico
  15. http://yis.nanjing2014.org/yis/en/article/20140825000087_en.html
  16. https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/shooting-standings-sh-mixed-r4-10m-air-rifle-standing-sh2
  17. http://www.unep.org/champions/laureates/2013/
  18. http://news.upu.int/no_cache/nd/2016-letter-writing-competition-winners-announced/
  19. http://ski.mountainzone.com/2001/freshtracks/everest/html/dispatch-10-08.html
  20. http://www.everesthistory.com/climbers/andrejstremfelj.htm
  21. http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/images/Every_Last_Girl.pdf
  22. http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2017/press-release/
  23. http://www.oecd.org/pisa/pisa-2015-results-in-focus.pdf
  24. http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/events/47-cities-join-unesco-creative-cities-network