Lying at a junction of natural trading routes, Slovenia is sometimes also referred to as the revolving door of Europe. It has been a crossroads, a huge gateway, since the Romans were marching around this region. In the last decade and a half, Slovenia has raised itself from anonymity to a top country among the EU member states. It is proud of its rich industrial history, traditional openness to the world, rational economic policies, and enviable economic development. As a member of the European Union, Slovenia now has trade links primarily with Western Europe. It is known as a small, but reliable partner, with a rational way of doing things, and a highly educated labour force. Moreover, Slovenes are very proud to be known as a very hard-working nation.
Since independence in 1991, Slovenia’s economic development has been very successful, making it one of the most thriving countries in transition.