Ljubljana has been the capital city of Slovenia since 1991. This business, administrative, and cultural hub is located in the central area of the nation, known as the Ljubljana Basin, between the Karst and the Alps. During World War II the city was occupied by both Fascist and Nazi forces. After the end of the war Ljubljana took on the title of capital city of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia which was at that time part of the former Yugoslavia. Slovenia gained its independence in 1991.

According to 2016 statistics the current population of Ljubljana is 279,756 with a population density of 4,420 inhabitants per square mile. The city’s metropolitan area is home to approximately 537,712 people. The population of Ljubljana, which occupies 63.2 square miles of land, has consistently been on the rise over the years; growing from an estimated 41,727 in 1910 up to 98,599 after World War II in 1948.

Because of its long and turbulent history it should come as no surprise that Ljubljana is a city brimming with history and monuments devoted to it past conflicts. Ljubljana Castle is one such landmark. The imposing structure, thought to have been originally constructed in the 11th century and rebuilt in later years, initially served as a medieval fortress. The city’s Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, located on Prešeren Square, dates back to 1646 and is officially protected due to its status as a cultural monument of national significance.

Ljubljana has a type of climate that’s classified as oceanic with continental characteristics. The winters are moderately cold while the summer season is warm. During the warmest months temperatures typically show little range. The coldest months of the year feature temperatures which flocculate around 0 degrees Celsius. Precipitation rates in Ljubljana are usually uniformly distributed with summer and fall being the wettest months in the urban center.

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