The Alps right in front of you, the salty scent of the Adriatic Sea in your nose, the Balkans at your back. A really liveable but quite small piece of earth. Tiny as the country might be (the Slovenian Riviera is only 46,6 kilometres long), the efforts of its just about two million inhabitants are enormous. Did you know that Slovenians are called the Swiss of the Balkan? Slovenia is known for its excellent infrastructure, a well-educated work force as well as the highest per capita GDP in Central Europe.
In 1992, the newly independent state of Slovenia deleted the names of some 30,000 residents from the nation’s civil registries. Those, who came to be known as ‘izbrisani’ (erased residents) were not of Slovenian ancestry, but were so-called ‘new minorities’, including ethnic Serbs, ethnic Croats, ethnic Bosnian Muslims, ethnic Albanian Kosovars and ethnic Roma which the government sought to force out of the country. In 2010, the government enabled them to regain their residency status in line with the demands of local and international human rights groups.
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