Slovenia joined the SOAR family in April 2022. The Republic of Slovenia is located in Central Europe and is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. Slovenia is mostly mountainous and forested with a population of 2.1 million. Slovenes constitute more than 80% of the country’s population. Slovenia has historically been the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages and cultures. In June 1991, Slovenia became the first republic to split from Yugoslavia and become an independent sovereign state. Slovenia is a developed country with a high-income economy ranking in the Human Development Index. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Schengen Area, the Council of Europe, and NATO.