In the Heart of Europe
Where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst, there is Slovenia. This small green country extends in the area of 20,273 km2. It is one of the countries with an exceptional number of top athletes and rich cultural creation. In Slovenia it is not difficult to compare the value of goods and services, as they are priced in one of the most important world currencies – in euros.
Position: Slovenia is a Central European country.
Area: 20,273 km2
Government: Slovenia is a democratic republic founded on the principle of the separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial power.
Capital city: Ljubljana, population: 280,000.
President of the Republic: Borut Pahor
Prime Minister: Miro Cerar
President of the National Assembly: Milan Brglez
International affiliations: Slovenia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and a member of NATO since 7 April 2004. It is also a member of many other international organisations.
Administrative division: 58 administrative units, 212 municipalities.
Other major cities: Maribor, Kranj, Celje, Koper, Novo mesto, Velenje, Murska Sobota.
Official language: Slovenian, also Hungarian and Italian in their respective ethnically mixed areas
Religion: The majority of the population is Roman Catholic; Slovenia also has 40 other officially registered religious communities.
Currency: euro (EUR), valid since 1 January 2007.
GDP per capita (in EUR): EUR 17,778 (2011)
Registered unemployment rate: 11.8% (2011)
Average age: 41.4 years
Life expectancy: men 73 years, women 81 years
Average number of children born per woman: 1.2
Climate: Alpine, Pannonian, Mediterranean
Time: Central European Time GMT + 1, in summer GMT + 2
Average temperatures: July 21°C, January 0°C
Mains voltage: 230 V
Units of measurement: metric – metres, kilometres, grams, kilograms. Temperatures are expressed in degrees Celsius.
Length of borders: 330 km with Austria , 280 km with Italy, 102 km with Hungary and 670 km with Croatia; in total 1,382 km
Length of coastline: 46.6 km
Highest peak: Triglav, 2,864 m
Geometric centre of Slovenia: Vače
Average height above sea level: 556.8 m
Universities: Ljubljana, Maribor and Primorska .
More interesting information can be found on the website of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia.
National Holidays in Slovenia
|1 January||New Year’s Day|
|8 February||Prešeren Day, the Slovenian Cultural Holiday|
|27 April||Day of Uprising against Occupation|
|1 and 2 May||May Day Holiday|
|25 June||Statehood Day|
|15 August||Assumption Day|
|17 August*||Day of Slovenes in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation|
|15 September*||Day of Restoration of the Primorska Region to the Motherland|
|31 October||Reformation Day|
|1 November||All Saints Day|
|23 November*||Rudolf Maister Day|
|26 December||Independence and Unity Day|
National holidays in the Republic of Slovenia are work-free days except the holidays indicated by *.
Explore the Beauties of Nature and Culture
Travelling around Slovenia can be full of interesting experiences. Pleasant cities, countryside and mountains, relaxation at thermal spas or discovering exceptional culinary delights. Check the entire offer.