Slovenia

Quick Facts

Region: Europe

Population:
2,038,733

Religion:

Roman Catholic is the most common religion in Slovenia, other religious communities include Muslims, Eastern Orthodox Christians and Protestants.

Language:

Slovene, which is closely related to Croatian, is a South Slavic language, which is written in the Roman alphabet. Most Slovenes speak Hungarian, German, or Italian, with English as a second language.

Area (sq. km):
20,273 square meters

Time:

Slovenia is 1 hour ahead of GMT, but is 2 hours ahead in the summer

When To Travel

Slovenia’s climate is sub-mediterranean on the coast, alpine in the mountains and continental with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaux and eastern valleys The average temperatures are -2°C in January and 21°C in July. In the summer it can be very hot at the coast and quite cold in the mountains. The average rainfall is 1000mm for the coast, up to 3500mm for the Alps, 800mm for the southeast and 1400mm for central Slovenia. Appropriate clothing for each season is highly recommended.

The summer months from mid June to September are the best time to visit for hiking and walking holidays. Each of the four distinct seasons has something different to offer visitors.

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Airports:

Brnik Airport is located 27 kilometres northwest of Ljubljana. A public airport bus will take you to the city in around 50 minutes. A taxi from the airport to Ljubljana will cost around 7000SIT.

Telephone:

Most public telephones in Slovenia don’t accept coins, so you have to use a phone card (telekartica), these are available at post offices and some news stands. The international dialing code for Slovenia is 386.

Electricity:

220 volts AC, 50Hz.

Food:

Slovenian food is quite hearty and usually involves a lot meat dishes. Much of the cuisine has Italian and Hungarian influences. A typical meal will include an entrée of soup, usually a beef or chicken broth with noodles, followed by main deal, usually a meat dish including potatoes and a fresh salad dressed with vinegar. Bread is usually served with the main meal. Common main meals include pork cutlets (zrezek), sausage (klobasa) and goulash (golaž). Some other traditionally Slovenian foods include; Kraški pršut which is a air-dried ham, similar to Italian prosciutto, štruklji which are dumplings prepared in many different ways with a number of sweet and savoury filling types, žganci which is very similar to Italian polenta and žlikrofi which is potato dumplings.. Some common desserts include potica, a type of nut roll with a variety of fillings, often prepared for the festive seasons and Gibanica, a pastry of poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins, cheese etc, topped with cream.

Transport:

Travelling in Slovenia is easy. Public transport is efficient and the road system is good. Buses are the best way of travelling short journeys in Slovenia with a frequent and reliable bus network servicing many major cities and towns. Ljubljana is home to the main bus terminus. Private taxis operate 24 hours a day which can be booked by phone from your hotel or hailed on the street. All taxis are required by law to display and run a meter. Before getting into a taxi, ask for the fare price to your destination.

Shopping:

Typical Slovenian souvenirs include crystal glass and glass products, gold jewellery and textile products. Slovenia is also well-known for its high-quality wines. Store trading hours are generally as follows; - Weekdays: 8:00 to 19:00 - Saturdays: 8:00 to 13:00 - Sundays and holidays: On duty pharmacies, etc., and some private stores Most stores except payment is in Euros; most stores accept credit cards: AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS, MASTER CARD and VISA.

Visa: Visas are not required for Slovenia for Australians, British, Canadians and Americans for a stay of less then 3 months.
All other nationalities should carefully check their nationalities visa requirements.

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