[loo-blee-ah-nuh; Slovene. lyoo-blyah-nah]
a city in and the capital of Slovenia, in the central part.
a republic in SE Europe: formerly part of Yugoslavia. 7819 sq. mi. (20,250 sq. km). Capital: Ljubljana.
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the capital of Slovenia: capital of Illyria (1816–49); part of Yugoslavia (1918–91); university (1595). Pop: 265 881 (2002)German name: Laibach
a republic in S central Europe: settled by the Slovenes in the 6th century; joined Yugoslavia in 1918 and became an autonomous republic in 1946; became fully independent in 1992 and joined the EU in 2004; rises over 2800 m (9000 ft) in the Julian Alps. Official language: Slovene. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro (replacing the tolar in 2007). Capital: Ljubljana. Pop: 1 992 690 (2013 est). Area: 20 251 sq km (7819 sq miles)
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Often considered the most “European” of the former republics of Yugoslavia, Slovenia declared its independence in 1991. In the wake of this proclamation, Yugoslav troops attacked Slovenia, but without success.
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