Ranked the world’s thirteenth most bicycle-friendly city in 2015 by urbanism consulting firm Copenhagenize Design, Ljubljana is the Republic of Slovenia’s capital city. Ljubljana is also known for its highly popular BTC City area–one of Europe’s largest shopping and entertainment complexes.
Slovenia joined the European Union as a member state in May 2004, and is strategically located in southern Central Europe near the center of multiple European trade routes. The country also benefits from its south-eastern coastline that touches the Adriatic Sea flowing into the Mediterranean.
In 2016, Slovenia exported US$32.9 billion worth of products around the globe. Highest-value Slovenian export products are medicines, cars, processed petroleum and electrical lighting according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Ljubljana, Slovenia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: University of Ljubljana Palace, Philharmonic Hall, Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity, Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana Botanical Garden and the Triple Bridge
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Ljubljana, Slovenia:
- Goran Dragic, professional basketball player (born May 6, 1986)
- Peter Lovšin, singer-songwriter (born Jun. 27, 1955)
- Samir Handanovic, World Cup soccer goalkeeper (born Jul. 14, 1984)
- Mateja Svet, world champion slalom skier (born Aug. 16, 1968)
- Rasho Nesterovic, professional basketball player (born May 30, 1976)
- Monija Čebašek, rhythmic gymnast (born Apr. 11, 1998)
- Omar Naber, singer-songwriter (born Jul. 7, 1981)
- Alenka Godec, jazz/folk singer (born Nov. 5, 1964)
- Zeljko Ivanek, actor (born Aug. 15, 1957)
- Luka Gregorc, professional tennis player (born Feb. 14, 1984)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Slovenia: Slovene
Population: 279,756 (Ljubljana)
Density: 4,424 people per square mile (1,708 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,978,029 (Slovenia)
Density: 254 people per square mile (98 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$66.13 billion in 2016 (for Slovenia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person:$32,000
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Ljubljana were unavailable.
Official currency used in Ljubljana: euro
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 18, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 18, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Official Government Website, Ljubljana. Accessed on January 18, 2017
The Slovenia Times, Survey Ranks Ljubljana World’s 13th Most Bicycle-Friendly City, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 18, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Slovenia, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, BTC City. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikipedia, Ljubljana. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikipedia, Slovenia. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Ljubljana’s estimated population was 279,756 residents in 2016 living over a land area within city limits that measures 63.2 square miles (163.8 square kilometers).
Slovenia’s national population count is 2 million people. The Central European country’s land territory equals 7,780 square miles (20,151 square kilometers).
Population density is higher within Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana with an average 4,400 inhabitants per square mile (1,700 per square kilometer).
For Slovenia overall, population density drops to an average 254 people per square mile (98 per square kilometer).
Slovenia won its independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. Slovenians celebrate each June 25 as Independence Day, a national holiday also called Statehood Day.