Full country name: Oriental Republic of Slovenia
Area: 20,273 sq km
Capital City: Ljubljana
Religion: 84,3% Roman Catholic, 2,4% Eastern Orthodox, 2,3% Muslim, 0,9% Protestant, 10,1% atheist
Government: Parliamentary democratic republic
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1), summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: 386
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary: $27,700
Budget: 3-5 EUR
Mid-range: 7-10 EUR
High: 12-17 EUR
Budget: 15-60 EUR
Mid-range: 70-120 EUR
High: 130-190 EUR
Geography: Slovenia is located between the Alps, the Adriatic and the Pannonian Plain. Bordering with Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia serves as a crossroad for trans-European routes. With several rivers, waterfalls and a variety of flora and fauna, the Alps occupy the largest part of Slovenia. 58% of the country’s land is covered by forests and woods. Slovenia also has a short (47 km), but important Adriatic coastline.
Climate: The coastline region has a Mediterranean type of climate with warm and sunny summers and mild winters, however, since the coast is backed by high mountains, the winter rainfall is quite heavy. Another unpleasant winter feature is the cold wind (bora), which brings cold air down to the coast. Summers are also not entirely rainless; the fine summer weather can sometimes be interrupted by sudden thunderstorms. In summer the temperature ranges from 20 to 25 C, and in winter the temperature is usually around zero.
Recommended clothing: Lightweight cotton and linen clothes are required for summer period, whereas warmer or even heavyweight clothes and rainwear are required for winter. A light sweater is advisable for cooler summer evenings or when hiking in the mountains.
Food: Enjoying food, especially organic, is of the most importance in Slovenia. The country has very deep culinary traditions, with more than 1200 national dishes, that differ from region to region. Many countries have influenced the Slovenian cuisine. For example, zlinkrofi ravioli are Italian, the strudel zavitek, Wiener Schnitzel Dunajski zrezek and sausages klobase came from Austria. These are examples of a national Slovenian cuisine, which is a mix of other countries’ influences and Slovenian traditions.
Drink: Slovenians have a very good selection of beer (Laško and Union being the most popular brands), wine and spirit, and the prices are attractive too. Tap water is generally drinkable, however, bottled water is advised. Note, that coffee (kava) in Slovenia usually means a tiny cup of strong coffee, and cafes (kavarna) is a common coffee with a basic cup.
Health: Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forests, so you should take precautions against tick bites at all times. Rabies is also present, therefore, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek immediate medical advice.
1 Jan New Year’s Day
2 Jan New Years
8 Feb Preseren Day – Slovenian Cultural Holiday
5 Apr Easter Monday
27 Apr Resistance Day – Day of Uprising against Occupation
1 May Labour Day
2 May Labour Day Holiday
23 May Pentecost
25 Jun Slovenian National Day
15 Aug Assumption of Mary
17 Aug Slovenian Union Day
15 Sep Slovenian Reunion or Restoration Day
31 Oct Day of Reformation
1 Nov All Saints Day
23 Nov Rudolph Maister Day
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec Independence & Unity Day
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