Ljubljana, (in Slovenian, Ljubljana; in German, Laibach), is a city located in the central sector of Slovenia and the capital of the country. Located on the banks of the Ljubljana River, near Trieste, on the old trade route between East and West.
According to Greek mythology, the city was founded by Jason, a Prince of yolk. Ljubljana is an industrial centre where porcelain, paper, furniture, soap, chemicals and leather goods are manufactured.
Among its teaching institutions is the Edvard Kardelj University in Ljubljana (1595). The city has been dominated at different times in its history by Huns, Magyars, French, Austrians and Germans. It became the capital of The Independent Republic of Slovenia when Yugoslavia disintegrated in 1991.
The Ljubljanska kotlina Basin extends from the town of Bled to the Ljubljana marshlands.
It is the most populous area of Slovenia (this is where the cities of Ljubljana and Kranj are located, the first and fourth most populous in the country, respectively). Other major towns are Kamnik, Škofja Loka, Bled, Radovljica and Domzale Its two main rivers are the Sava and the Kamniška Bistrica.
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