Slovenia. Slovenia underwent a government crisis in the summer when Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek resigned in protest against Parliament opposing his economic reform policy, which aimed to get the country into the EU as soon as possible. Until the general elections in mid-October, Andrej Bajuk was head of government for an expedition minister. The electoral law was changed slightly so that a 4% barrier was introduced in order to prevent small parties from entering Parliament. Drnovšek’s party The Liberal Democrats (LDS, Liberalna demokracija Slovenije) went ahead and got 34 seats by Parliament’s 90. Two of them are dedicated to the Italian and Hungarian minorities. Drnovšek took a full six weeks to get the effective government he wanted and to get the necessary support in Parliament. In addition to the LDS, the government consisted of three smaller parties.
- ABBREVIATIONFINDER: Offers three letter and two letter abbreviations for the country of Slovenia. Also covers country profile such as geography, society and economy.
Slovenia was one of the first candidates for EU membership, but a number of issues still remained to be resolved, including: a small number of border disputes with Croatia.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Slovenia in 2000 was 1,987,606, ranking number 145 in the world. The population growth rate was -0.030% yearly, and the population density was 98.6950 people per km2.