Plans for Country's First Mosque Halted

February 9, 2004

Source: Transitions Online

On February 9, 2004 Transitions Online reported, "Religious intolerance in Slovenia reached an all-time high on 6 February as opponents of a planned mosque in the capital succeeded in gathering enough votes to stage a referendum on the construction of the country's first mosque. Slovenia is the only remaining Central or Eastern European country without a single mosque. For over three decades, the country's 50,000-strong Muslim population has been fighting for the construction of an appropriate place of worship. Since the 1970s, several proposals have been filed with the capital city municipality, but the former communist regime had always seen to it that those proposals simply disappeared. With the fall of communism, the procedure has become more transparent, but the opposition has not subsided."