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The Republic of Slovenia is a young democracy. The Basic Constitutional Charter on the Independence and Sovereignty of the Republic of Slovenia was proclaimed on June 25, 1991, and its Constitution was proclaimed on the December 23, 1991. Slovenia has been a member of the United Nations since May 22, 1992. Table 9.1 presents some facts about Slovenia.
Judging by U.S. standards, Slovenia is a very small country. It is only as big as New Jersey, but its population is 2.6 times larger.
Table 9.2 shows that based on gross domestic product (GDP) and using the World Bank Atlas method (World Development Report, 1997), Slovenia is on the very border between middle-income and high-income economies (countries with GDP per capita of $9,386 or above are classified as highincome economies). In 1998, Slovenia, with its 13,700 EURO (equivalent to approximately $13,300) GDP per capita, was one of the most developed countries seeking membership in the European Union (EU). The annual report of the Vienna Institute for International Cooperation stated that Slovenia reached 72% of EU average GDP per capita in 1998. This placed Slovenia ahead of Greece and Portugal (Poechl et al., 1999; cited in Sobotna priloga, 2000).
Table 9.3 shows a common trend in the developed world, namely, a simultaneous increase in the number of households and a decrease in the