Psychology in Slovenia

Slovenia joins the European Union this month, and its psychologists are keen to develop their subject and structures in line with the rest of Europe. Here, Velko S. Rus and Vid Pecjak outline the history and current state of Slovenian psychology.
Slovenia was the first region to break away from the former Yugoslavia, publicly declaring its independence in 1991. After 10 days of aggression by the Yugoslav army on Slovenia, its independence was recognised. It is a country of barely two million people, sharing borders with Austria, Croatia, Italy and Hungary. In 2003 the country voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the European Union, and psychologists have been prominent among those helping Slovenia to define its own role and identity within the enlarged EU.

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