Prosperous and welcoming

Slovenia is located in south eastern Europe, bordering the eastern Alps and Adriatic Sea, between Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia. The northernmost republic of what was once Yugoslavia, Slovenia is the most prosperous and welcoming of all Europe's ex communist countries and it has avoided the political problems that have affected the republics to the south. The Slovenes have managed to retain a strong ethnic identity through the Slovene language, a close relation of Czech, Serbo-croat and Slovak.