Top events in Slovenia

September
15

The Cow Ball celebrates the return of cattle to the Slovenian vally after a long summer pasture. The return is featured around lake Bohinj, they...

September
21

Prepare to honour the oldest vine in the world as you attend The Old Vine Festival in Maribor. The city will be honouring the 440-year-old vine...

November
09

The Ljubljana International Film festival is a festival displaying some of the top short fims, furthermore it is one of Slovenia's cultural...

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Slovenia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

20,273 sq km (7,827 sq miles).

Population

2 million (2013).

Population density

98.3 per sq km.

Capital

Ljubljana.

Government

Republic since 1991. Declared independence from now defunct state of Yugoslavia in 1991.

Head of state

President Borut Pahor since 2012.

Head of government

Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek since 2013.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

For first-time visitors, Slovenia looks as if it has more in common with its Alpine neighbours of Austria and Italy, than those of former Yugoslavia. Forested mountains are interspersed with glacial lakes and chalet-style houses look out onto lush farmlands. The scenery of Slovenia is fresh and natural, while its people are equally genuine and accommodating.

The capital, Ljubljana, is a prosperous and pretty city with a large student population, which gives it a youthful vibe among well-preserved historic buildings. The Ljubljana River flows through the city, its banks lined with promenades, cafés and small shops.

Scenic, clean and safe, Slovenia is an ideal destination for families and couples, especially those who enjoy outdoor activities. Cycling, hiking, paragliding, white-water rafting, caving and mountaineering are all excellent pursuits the country can truly boast about.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 21 July 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There is a low threat from terrorism. 

Around 91,000 British nationals visit Slovenia every year. Most visits are trouble free.

All foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the police within 3 days of arrival or risk paying a fine.

To drive on Slovenian motorways, you must buy and display a ‘vignette’. Vehicles must be fitted with winter equipment from 15 November to 15 March.

Seek advice on weather and safety conditions before travelling into the mountains. Off-piste skiing is highly dangerous due to the risk of avalanches.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

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