The beginnings of rowing in Slovenia goes back to the year 1887 when the first rowing club was founded in the coastal town of Piran/Pirano, Club Piranese Salvore. Only a year later the S.C.Libertas was founded in the nearby Koper/Capodistria. Competitive rowing later emerged in the capital Ljubljana as well as Bled. The Slovenian rowing tradition has been topped with many internationally recognized achievements ranging from gold medals in the Olympic Games and World Championships to the organization of successful World and European Championships on Lake Bled. The population of Slovenia is around 2,000, 000 (July 2011 est.) inhabitants of which approximately 5,200 live in Bled.