Where is Melania Trump from? Getting to know the first lady's stunning homeland of Slovenia

Melania Trump is the second foreign-born woman to sit as first lady of the United States. Yet, many Americans know little about her homeland of Slovenia.

Melania Trump was born on April 26, 1970 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. At the time, Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia -- a nation founded in 1918 and comprised of Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia. Slovenia joined the EU in 2004, shortly after joining NATO.

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Slovenia, Bled, Lake Bled and Julian Alps, church of the Assumption
Predjamski grad in winter, Slovenia
Bled Castle, located at the top a cliff, one of the oldest historic monuments in Slovenia. Was built in 1004. Alpine mountains can be seen at the background.
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lake Bled in summer, beautiful island in the middle of a lake
Slovenia, Primorska, Piran, Church of St. George (Cerkev sv. Jurija)
Here is a Spring day with verdant Spring grape vines growing in the low hill vineyards outside the village of Brda in the Western region of Slovenia.
The river Ljubljanica runs through Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia.
Hiker stands admiring the view from the peak of the mountain he has hiked in Triglav National Park, in the Julian Alps, Slovenia
Mediterranean town of Piran on the Slovenian Coast
Aerial view on a city roofs, capital of Slovenia,
Slovenia, Primorska, Piran, Tartini Square at night
Picturesque karst features illuminated in the cave
Travelers or hikers in the mountains in the National Park Triglav. Nature landscape. Amazing view on Alps: valley and mountains at summer. Mangart, Julian Alps, Slovenia.
Elevated View of Lake Bled in the Autumn
Valley with the lake in the Triglav National Park. The water surface reflects the surrounding mountains in Julian Alps , Slovenia
Bohinj lake in Slovenian national park Triglav with Julian Alps reflecting on surface
Slovenia, Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj and Church of St. John Baptist at dusk
The Predjamski grad or Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth near the town of Postojna in Slovenia.
Slovenia, Lower Styria Region, Ptuj, town on the Drava River banks, the City Tower
Ptuj, Slovenia - February 7, 2016 - Traditional carnival on shrove sunday with traditional figures, known as kurent or korent in Ptuj, Slovenia
Slovenia, Primorska (aka Slovenian Littoral), Vipava Valley. The hamlet of Ipavei nestles in the hills of the Vipava Valley, an important fruit and particularly vine-growing region of western Slovenia.
sunset on mt Nanos above Vipava Valley Slovenia central Europe and church of st. Hieronim
Waterfall at the dam in Vintgar gorge near Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia, Gorenjska, National Park Triglav, Vintgar Gorge
The Pokljuka Gorge in Slovenia is a 2-km-long ravine, which is a remnant of a stream that cut up to 50 meters deep into the limestone during the end of the Ice Age. As a visitor of the gorge, you can encounter beautiful natural bridges, overhanging rock faces, and a cave with natural windows.
Dandelions field
Kanin Ski Area near Bovec, Slovenia shows a gondola and distant peaks of the Julian Alps.
at sunset reflected in floodwater, Kozarisce, Notranjska, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Mountains in Triglav National Park in Slovenia.
Soca Valley, Slovenia

As America gets to know more about the president's wife, here are some fun facts about Slovenia:

National name: Republika Slovenija

President: Borut Pahor (2012)

Prime Minister: Miro Cerar (2014)

Land area: 7,780 square miles

Population: 1,988,292 (as of 2014)

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Life expectancy: 77.83 (as of 2014)

Capital and largest city: Ljubljana, 273,000 (as of 2011)

Languages: Slovenian 91.1%, Serbo-Croatian 4.5%, other or unspecified 4.4% (as of 2002)

Ethnicity/race: Slovene 83.1%, Serb 2%, Croat 1.8%, Bosniak 1.1%, other or unspecified 12% (as of 2002)

Religions: Catholic 57.8%, Muslim 2.4%, Orthodox 2.3%, other Christian 0.9%, unaffiliated 3.5%, other or unspecified 23%, none 10.1% (as of 2002)

Caves: There are over 10,000 caves in Slovenia, including the famous Postojna cave where dragon eggs have been discovered.

Vineyards: Slovenians love wine, and there is a surplus of world-renowned wineries throughout the nation.

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Born Melanija Knavs

Originally Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump was born April 20, 1970 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Born to a car dealer and children's clothing designer, she grew up in a modest home in a community then part of communist Yugoslavia. Melania has a younger sister and older half brother, whom her father had from a previous relationship.

Pictured: Taken in 1977, this image shows Melania, 7, (second from the right) attending a fashion review at the textile company where her mother was employed.

Began modeling at age 16. 

In her early days of modeling, Trump worked in Milan and Paris, before moving to New York in 1996.

Pictured: Melania Knauss during Fred Trump's Funeral at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

The Clintons attended their wedding.

In 2005, Melania and Donald married in a Palm Beach, Florida ceremony. Shaquille O'Neal, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and both President Bill Clinton and then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton were in attendance.

Pictured: Donald and Melania sit courtside before a 2001 Toronto Raptors game.

Melania and Donald have a son, Barron.

On March 20, 2006, Melania gave birth to her and Donald's son, Barron William Trump. He is often referred to as "The Little Donald."

Donald holds a replica of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as Melania holds their son Barron in Los Angeles in 2007.

She spoke at the Republican National Convention.

On July 18, Melania addressed delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The soon-to-be first lady was quickly criticized, though, when it became clear parts of her speech were identical to that of First lady Michelle Obama in 2008.

She cares about bullying.

On November 3, Melania Trump gave her first solo campaign speech for her husband in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, saying she would work to combat bullying as first lady. "Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers," she said, noting that kids are often hurt when they are "made to feel less in looks or intelligence."

She said she wants to be "true to herself" as first lady.

On November 11, President-elect Trump and his family -- including Melania -- appeared on 60 Minutes in their first post-election television interview. In the interview, Melania opened up to Lesley Stahl about staying true to herself, meeting Michelle Obama at the White House and how she hopes to raise son, Barron, as they transition to life as the first family.

Melania and Barron will stay in New York for the time being.

On November 20, Trump transition team sources said that Melania and 10-year-old son, Barron, are expected to spend most of their time in New York at least through spring of 2017. The team offered keeping Barron in his Upper West Side private school as reasoning for their staying in New York.


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