Slovene-Austrian Cooperation between 1945 and 1991

  • Jože Prinčič Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Kongresni trg 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Keywords: Austria, Slovenia, economy, international relations, economic cooperation


Between 1945 and 1991, Slovenia was the most active among all the Yugoslav republics in seeking ways to promote economic cooperation between Austria and Yugoslavia. To this end, Slovenia capitalized on its advantage above other republics, in particular, with regards to its geographic position, historical and other links. Slovenia was compelled to strengthen economic contacts with its more developed neighbour by the worsening economic situation of its ethnic minority in Austria as well as its need for a more rapid economic progress and to keep up with the developed west. The way to the west led through the Austrian market, enterprise and capital.