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Melania Trump is only the second United States First Lady to be born abroad. Louisa Caroline Johnson Adams, the wife of the sixth US President was born in London, England. Two hundred years later, Melania Knavs Trump, a native of Novo Mesto, Slovenia, the wife of the Nation’s forty-fifth president, became the second foreign born First Lady.

What is Slovenia. First, it is not Slovakia, Slavonia, or Siberia. It is a small Balkan country wedged between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. It also lies upon the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Its geographic location added to its access to the Mediterranean via the Adriatic Sea, has made it a cultural and trade crossroads. The major religion of the county is Catholicism.

Its population is only two million. Its main industries are motor vehicles, electric and electronic equipment, machinery, pharmaceuticals and fuels. Examples of major Slovenian companies operating in Slovenia include the home appliance manufacturer Gorenge and a manufacturing subsidiary of Renault.

Slovenia’s rulers during the millennia are encyclopedic in number. More recently it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for several hundred years. During World War I it was a battleground between Austro-Hungary and its enemy Italy, and Slovenia suffered drastically. After WW I, it was submerged into Yugoslavia together with Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia. This multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multilingual country was not built to last. The Yugoslav civil war severed the tenuous ties that bound Yugoslavia together; Slovenia achieved independence for the first time in its history in 1991.

Reference: ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovenia#Economic_growth

Lud Historian
  • Mary Ann Mikol
    Posted at 15:24h, 07 July Reply

    Thanks for this info,Lud.

  • Al Melvin
    Posted at 18:43h, 07 July Reply

    This was a nice writeup regarding Slovenia. My grandparents on my mother’s side were from Slovenia and came to the US in 1899. I had the opportunity to visit Slovenia about 15 years ago when my ship was in nearby Trieste. Slovenia is a very nice looking and developed country. I am sure one of these days President Trump and his wife will make a state visit to Slovenia. Regards, Al Melvin

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