Just in the middle of everything, precisely where the Mediterranean crosses with the Alps, and the Pannonian Plain with the Karst, where the Central Europe meets the Southern and Eastern one, the tiny Slovenia occupies mere 20,273km² and is populated with app. 2,080,000 citizens. At the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance history, at the juncture of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance and Hungarian cultures, it used to be always a part of a larger political entity, from Roman Empire through Carolingian and Holy Roman Empire to Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia. In 1991 it became an independent country, Republic of Slovenia, being economically successful and yet maintaining a high degree of social welfare and social security. In 2004 Slovenia joined European Union. Ljubljana, the European Green Capital of 2016, amidst the numerous trees and many cultural institutions, in a busy and yet relaxed atmosphere, offers perfect conditions for a stimulating and creative intellectual life.