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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Slovenia to build country's first mosque.

The corner stone for Slovenia’s first mosque was set in a former industrial site in the capital Ljubljana on Saturday; more than 40 years after Muslims petitioned first submitted a petition to build their own place of worship in the country, Reuters reports. The initiative had faced administrative red tape and a lack of political will in the predominately Catholic ex-Yugoslav republic, nestled between Croatia, Italy and Austria. Several thousand people attended the ceremony, including Slovenia's center-left prime minister, Alenka Bratusek, and Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic, who helped lay the first stone.
Some 47,000 Slovenians declare themselves Muslim, in a country of two million people. A 2002 census found that it was the second largest religion in the country behind Catholicism, which has 1.1 million followers. Muslim groups claim there are around 80,000 Muslims in the country.
There was a previous mosque in Slovenia, before it was an independent country, but it was abandoned and destroyed after World War One.

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