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    • SLOVENIA/SLOVENIJA

       

      GENERAL INFORMATION




        

      Official name:............Republic of Slovenia
      Political system: ...........parliamentary republic
      Area: .............20,273 km2
      Forest: ...........10,124 km2
      Vineyards: ..........216 km2
      Length of border with Austria: .........318 km
      Length of border with Italy:............232 km
      Length of border with Hungary:.........102 km
      Length of border with Croatia: ..........670 km
      Length of coast:...........46.6 km
      Capital: ............Ljubljana
      Population: ..............2.025.866 (31. December 2007)
      Ethnic origin of population: ............Slovene(83.06%), Italian(0.11%), Hungarian
      (0.32%), Others (16.51%)
      Language: ..........Slovene
      Religion: .............Roman Catholic (60%)
      Climate: .............Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean
      Time zone: .........Central European Time GMT+1
      Average temperatures July: .........21°C  January: -2°C
      Political system: ...........multiparty parliamentary democracy
      Economy: .............GDP p.c. (2005) 17.076 EUR, imports (2007) 21.5 billion EUR, exports (2007) 19.4 billion EUR
      Currency: ............Euro, 1 January 2007
      Education: ............Universities in Ljubljana and Maribor 90,403 students
      (2005/2006)
      Culture: ............38 professional and numerous amateur theatres, 2 operas, 45 permanent galleries, 121 museums, 19 professional orchestras and a symphony orchestra
      Media: ............14 daily newspapers, 45 weeklies, state television, private televisions, state radio station, local radio stations
      More statistical information about Slovenia

      Government Communication Office
      The Government Communication Office is a professional service of the Slovenian Government and its Ministries. It is responsible for reliable, timely and complete information between the government, its representatives and the local and foreign public, and also carries out promotional activities of the country. On their web pages you can find information about the Government and its activities, a calendar of events, results of surveys of the public’s relationship with the government and information intended for journalists.

      slovenia.si
      This special page is intended for the presentation of Slovenia. The page contains more detailed information on Slovenia, business opportunities, data on the organisation of the country, its history, statistical data on inhabitants, the economy,... 

      Slovenian take-over of the Euro as of the year 2007
      As the first among the 10 new Member States which joined the EU in 2004, Slovenia adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2007. The country nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps is thus the 13th state to join the European monetary union. The tolar, the national currency, ceased to be used 15 years after its introduction; at the time, Slovenians paid 239.64 tolars for one euro. The new coins feature, among other things, Lipizzaner horses, Triglav as the highest mountain in the country, and France Prešeren as the author of the national anthem.
      As of the beginning of March 2007, the old Slovenian currency (tolar) can be exchanged for euros only in the issuing bank (Bank of Slovenia).

      Holidays
      January 1 and 2            New Year's
      February 8                    Prešeren Day, Slovene cultural day
                                            Easter Sunday and Monday
      April 27                          Day of Uprising against the Occupation
      May 1 and 2                  May Day holiday
      Pentecost
      June 25                         Slovenia Day
      August 15                     Feast of the Assumption
      August 17                     Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation
      September 15               Restoration of the Primorska Region to the Motherland
      October 31                   Reformation Day
      November 1                  All Saint's Day
      November 23                Rudolf Maister Day
      December 25                Christmas
      December 26                Independence and Unity Day

      School holidays in 2008–2009
      27 October 2008–2 November 2008.................. Fall holidays
      25 December 2008–2 January 2009.................... New year holidays
      23–27 February 2009 ................... Winter holidays for Ljubljana and Maribor with their wider areas
      16–20 February 2009.................... Winter holidays for other regions
      28 April 2009–2 May 2009 ..................... May Day holidays
      24 June 2009–31 August 2009.................... Summer holidays

      Stores
      Working hours are mostly nonstop without lunch time closing.
      - Weekdays: 8:00 to 19:00
      - Saturdays: 8:00 to 13:00
      - Sundays and holidays: On duty pharmacies, etc., and some private stores
      Payment is in Euros; most stores accept credit cards: AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS, MASTER CARD - EUROCARD, and VISA. 
       
      Post Office
      Hours of operation:
      - Weekdays: 8:00 to 18:00
      - Saturdays: 8:00 to 12:00
      Evenings and Sundays only main Post Offices in larger centers are open;
      www.posta.si
      International outgoing call prefix: 00
      International calls to Slovenia prefix: 386
      Public telephones operate on magnetic cards. Magnetic cards are sold at post offices; at newspaper kiosks and tobacco shops;
      www.telekom.si

      Mobile telephone use
      Mobile telephones in Slovenia operate in the network on the frequency bands of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Roaming is available in the following mobile networks: Mobitel, Simobil, Debitel, Izimobil, Mmobil, Tušmobil.

      Banks
      Banks will exchange foreign currency and travellers checks for Euros and vice versa. Foreign residents may open Euro and foreign currency accounts, and it is possible to send money orders and transfer payments. Changing money is also possible at exchange offices in hotels, gasoline stations, tourist agencies, supermarkets, and numerous small exchange offices.
      Hours of operation:
      Weekdays: 8:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00
      Saturdays: 8:30 to 11:00/12:00
      Daily currency exchange rates

      Drinking Water
      The water is safe and drinkable throughout the country.

      Electricity
      Current is 220 V, 50 Hz.





      Weather
      Due to the changes in climate – Mediterranean at the coast, Alpine in the Alps and Karavanke mountains, and Pannonian to the northeast of the country – the appropriate clothes for each season is recommended.
      Average temperatures in July are above 21oC and in January 0oC. In the summer it can be very hot at the coast and quite cold in the mountains. We advise you to check the weather forecast before coming to Slovenia.
      Weather in Slovenia

      Radio Programmes
      Weekend Traffic Information on RDS System after news reports on Program 2 from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening
      -  in English, German, and Italian
      - every weekend in July and August
      Holiday Weather Reports from July 1 and August 31, on both programmes at 7:1
      - in English, German, and Italian
      - weather in Slovenia with special reports for mountain regions and the northern Adriatic
      News every day at 22:30 on Program 1
      - in English and German
      - news from Slovenia and international news

      Frequencies:
      - Program 1:  AM 326.8 m (918 KHz)
      - FM  88.5, 90.0, 90.9, 91.8, 92.0, 92.9, 94.1, 96.4
      - Program 2:  FM 87.8, 92.4, 93.5, 94.1, 95.3, 96.9, 97.6, 98.9, 99.9
      www.rtvslo.si

      Anti smoking law
      As of August 2007 smoking is prohibited in all public places and places of employment. It is only allowed in special areas as determined by accommodation providers, in homes for senior citizens, jails, psychiatric clinics and in areas intended exclusively for smokers.
      The age limit for access to tobacco products has also been increased from 15 to 18 years of age for both sales attendants and customers. As with sales of alcoholic beverages, sales attendants can demand proof of age from the customer.

      Important telephone numbers
      police: 113
      fire: 112
      emergency first aid: 112
      AMZS - Automobile Association of Slovenia: 1987
       
       
      Some of the most popular destinations in Slovenia
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

      Slovenia is a great destination for activity-based holidays

       

      Water Sports

      Cycling

      Yachting

      Sport Fishing

      Hiking & Trekking

       

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