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Slovenia (/slˈvniə, slə-/ sloh-VEE-nee-ə; Slovene: Slovenija [slɔˈʋèːnija]), officially the Republic of Slovenia (Slovene: Republika Slovenija, abbr.: RS), is a country in southern Central Europe. Slovenia is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and a short coastline within the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. Slovenia is mostly mountainous and forested, covers 20,271 square kilometres (7,827 sq mi), and has a population of 2.1 million (2,110,547 people). Slovenes constitute over 80% of the country's population. Slovene, a South Slavic language, is the official language. Slovenia has a predominantly temperate continental climate, with the exception of the Slovene Littoral and the Julian Alps. A sub-mediterranean climate reaches to the northern extensions of the Dinaric Alps that traverse the country in a northwest–southeast direction. The Julian Alps in the northwest have an alpine climate. Toward the northeastern Pannonian Basin, a continental climate is more pronounced. Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia, is geographically situated near the centre of the country.

Slovenia has historically been the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages and cultures. Its territory has been part of many different states: the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Carolingian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Republic of Venice, the Illyrian Provinces of Napoleon's First French Empire, the Austrian Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In October 1918, the Slovenes co-founded the State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs. In December 1918, they merged with the Kingdom of Montenegro and the Kingdom of Serbia into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, Germany, Italy, and Hungary occupied and annexed Slovenia, with a tiny area transferred to the Independent State of Croatia, a newly declared Nazi puppet state. In 1945, it again became part of Yugoslavia. Post-war, Yugoslavia was allied with the Eastern Bloc, but after the Tito–Stalin split of 1948, it never subscribed to the Warsaw Pact, and in 1961 it became one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement. In June 1991, Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia and became an independent sovereign state. (Full article...)

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Maribor players celebrating their ninth league title (29 May 2011, after the last round vs Domžale)
PrvaLiga trophy being lifted in celebration of Maribor's ninth league title in 2011

The Slovenian football champions are the winners of the highest league of association football in Slovenia, PrvaLiga. Also known by the abbreviation 1. SNL, PrvaLiga is contested on a round-robin basis and the championship is awarded to the club that finishes top of the league at the end of the season. The league was established after the independence of Slovenia in 1991, originally containing 21 clubs. Before that, Maribor, Nafta Lendava and Olimpija were the only Slovenian teams who participated in the Yugoslav top division, Yugoslav First League, between the end of World War II in 1945 and the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. While being a part of the Yugoslav football system, most of the Slovenian clubs competed for the title of regional champions in the Slovenian Republic Football League. However, the Republic League was officially the third tier of football most of the time and the competition was usually without the top Slovenian clubs, who played in the Yugoslav Second League or the country's top division.

Following the independence of Slovenia, the Football Association of Slovenia separated from the Football Association of Yugoslavia and established its own football competitions. Of the founding clubs in the PrvaLiga, only Celje and Maribor have never been relegated as of the 2022–23 season. The format and the number of clubs in the league has changed over time, ranging from 21 clubs in the first season to 10 clubs in its present form. The top three clubs at the end of the season are awarded a qualifying spot in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa Conference League, with the bottom one being relegated to the Slovenian Second League, 2. SNL. (Full article...)
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Figures are based on the statistics from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia.[1]
Rank Name Population Traditional region
2023 pop. 2011 pop. Percentage
change
1.
Ljubljana
287.076
272.220
Increase 5,46%
Upper and Lower Carniola
2.
Maribor
96.209
95.171
Increase 1,09%
Styria
3.
Kranj
37.944
36.874
Increase 2,9%
Upper Carniola
4.
Celje
37.188
37.520
Decrease –0,88%
Styria
5.
Koper
26.100
24.996
Increase 4,42%
Slovene Littoral
6.
Velenje
25.235
25.456
Decrease –0.87%
Styria
7.
Novo Mesto
24.234
23.341
Increase 3,86%
Lower Carniola
8.
Ptuj
17.984
18.164
Decrease –0,99%
Styria
9.
Kamnik
13.800
13.644
Increase 1,14%
Upper Carniola
10.
Jesenice
13.702
13.440
Increase 1,95%
Upper Carniola
11.
Trbovlje
13.678
15.163
Decrease –9,79%
Styria
12.
Domžale
13.222
12.406
Increase 6,58%
Upper Carniola
13.
Nova Gorica
13.021
13.178
Decrease –1,19%
Slovene Littoral
14.
Škofja Loka
11.797
11.969
Decrease –1,44%
Upper Carniola
15.
Izola
11.566
11.223
Increase 3,06%
Slovene Littoral
16.
Murska Sobota
11.190
11.614
Decrease –3,65%
Prekmurje
17.
Logatec
10.211
8.942
Increase 14,19%
Inner Carniola
18.
Postojna
9.987
9.183
Increase 8,76%
Inner Carniola
19.
Vrhnika
8.969
8.413
Increase 6,60%
Inner Carniola
20.
Slovenska Bistrica
8.301
7.454
Increase 11,36%
Styria
21.
Kočevje
8.126
8.672
Decrease –6,29%
Lower Carniola
22.
Grosuplje
7.702
7.098
Increase 8,51%
Lower Carniola
23.
Slovenj Gradec
7.513
7.519
Decrease –0,08%
Styria
24.
Mengeš
7.207
6.112
Increase 17,92%
Upper Carniola
25.
Ravne na Koroškem
7.160
6.979
Increase 2,59%
Carinthia
26.
Ajdovščina
7.037
6.656
Increase 5,72%
Slovene Littoral
27.
Brežice
7.003
6.573
Increase 6,54%
Styria
28.
Krško
6.852
7.097
Decrease –3,45%
Lower Carniola
29.
Litija
6.688
6.467
Increase 3,42%
Upper Carniola
30.
Sežana
6.151
5.531
Increase 11,21%
Slovene Littoral
31.
Radovljica
6.099
5.940
Increase 2,68%
Upper Carniola
32.
Zagorje ob Savi
6.022
6.439
Decrease –6,47%
Upper Carniola
33.
Idrija
5.848
5.955
Decrease –1,79%
Slovene Littoral
34.
Črnomelj
5.426
5.776
Decrease –6,06%
Lower Carniola
35.
Medvode
5.390
5.178
Increase 4,09%
Upper Carniola
36.
Bled
5.240
5.181
Increase 1,14%
Upper Carniola
37.
Rogaška Slatina
5.220
5.111
Increase 2,13%
Styria
38.
Slovenske Konjice
5.152
4.869
Increase 5,81%
Styria
39.
Šentjur
5.017
4.762
Increase 5,35%
Styria
40.
Žalec
5.004
4.943
Increase 1,23%
Styria
41.
Hrastnik
4.829
5.621
Decrease –14,09%
Styria
42.
Prevalje
4.646
4.643
Increase 0,06%
Carinthia
43.
Sevnica
4.574
4.660
Decrease –1,85%
Styria
44.
Ilirska Bistrica
4.350
4.553
Decrease –4,46%
Inner Carniola
45.
Ruše
4.206
4.503
Decrease –6,60%
Styria
46.
Cerknica
4.131
3.928
Increase 5,17%
Inner Carniola
47.
Trebnje
3.892
3.477
Increase 11,93%
Lower Carniola
48.
Tržič
3.811
3.865
Decrease –1,40%
Upper Carniola
49.
Piran
3.787
4.192
Decrease –9,66%
Slovene Littoral
50.
Ribnica
3.704
3.604
Increase 2,77%
Lower Carniola
51.
Šempeter pri Gorici
3.622
3.760
Decrease –3,67%
Slovene Littoral
52.
Žiri
3.743
3.588
Increase 4,31%
Upper Carniola
53.
Lenart v Slovenskih Goricah
3.449
3.006
Increase 14,74%
Styria
54.
Ljutomer
3.244
3.460
Decrease –6,24%
Styria
55.
Laško
3.278
3.456
Decrease –5,15%
Styria
56.
Metlika
3.236
3.273
Decrease –1,13%
Lower Carniola
57.
Tolmin
3.228
3.534
Decrease –8,68%
Slovene Littoral
58.
Gornja Radgona
3.159
3.159
Steady 0,00%
Styria
59.
Mežica
3.127
3.254
Decrease –3,90%
Carinthia
60.
Dravograd
3.087
3.289
Decrease –6,14%
Carinthia
61.
Zreče
3.055
2.935
Increase 4,09%
Styria
62.
Šoštanj
2.971
2.880
Increase 3,16%
Styria
63.
Železniki
2.879
3.075
Decrease –6,37%
Upper Carniola
64.
Lendava
2.827
3.129
Decrease –9,65%
Prekmurje
65.
Ormož
1.986
2.174
Decrease –8,64%
Styria
66.
Radeče
1.926
2.168
Decrease –11,16%
Lower Carniola
67.
Bovec
1.539
1.631
Decrease –5,64%
Slovene Littoral
68.
Višnja Gora
1.139
1.000
Increase 13.90%
Lower Carniola
69.
Kostanjevica na Krki
688
695
Decrease –1.01%
Lower Carniola
  1. ^ "Population by large and five-year age groups and sex, settlements, Slovenia, annually (in Slovenian)". Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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