The nation's hero, France Preseren, was a famous poet who published his works in the mid-19th century.
Slovenia, Lonely Planet travel guide by Steve Fallon, 6th edition published May 2010.
There are many styles of Slovenian folk music, which shares its roots with that of Austrian and northern Italian music, tied by their bon to Alpine culture. In modern popular music, Zoran Predin is a much-loved Slovenian singer and songwriter, who has been performing since the 1980s.
1991: As part of the breakup of Yugoslavia, Slovenia declares full sovereignty.
December 2002: Janez Drnovsek becomes President. Anton Rop is Prime Minister.
March 2003: Slovenians vote for integration into the European Union.
1 May 2004: Slovenia joins the European Union.
1 January 2007: Slovenia becomes the 13th EU member state to use the euro.
1 January: New Year's Day
2 January: New Year's Holiday
8 February: Slovenian Cultural Day
March-April (dates vary year to year): Easter
27 April: Day of Uprising against Occupation
1 May: May Day Holiday
2 May: May Day Holiday
8 June: Primoz Trubar Day
25 June: Statehood Day
15 August: Assumption
31 October: Reformation Day
1 November: All Saints Say
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Independence Day and Unity Day