Slovenia is a country in Central Europe touching the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean. Slovenia borders Italy on the west, the Adriatic Sea on the southwest, Croatia on the south and east, Hungary on the northeast, and Austria on the north. Hungary on the northeast, and Austria on the north. The capital and largest city in Slovenia is Ljubljana. For nearly 1,000 years, Slovenia has been influenced by its neighbouring countries, particularly Italy, Austria and Croatia as its geographic position lies at the crossroads of German, Latin and Slavic cultures.
The music of Slovenia is closely related to Austrian and Croatian (especially Istrian) and Northern Italian because of its common history and Alpine and littoral culture. In the minds of many foreigners, Slovenian folk music means a form of polka that is still popular today, especially among expatriates and their descendants in North America. However, there are many styles of Slovenian folk music beyond polka, kolo and waltz.