Slovenia - Country information

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General information about the country

Official name of the country: REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Form of government: DEMOCRATIC PARLIAMENTARY REPUBLIC
Area: 20,273 km2
Population: 2,058,821
Official language: SLOVENIAN
Capital: LJUBLJANA
Population of the capital: 282,994
Important economic and cultural cities: LJUBLJANA, MARIBOR, KRANJ, CELJE, KOPER, NOVO MESTO

Ljubljana

Interesting facts about the country

  • Slovenia is the third most forested country in Europe. Almost 60% of its territory is covered by forest.
  • Slovenia is among the most biologically diverse countries in the world.
  • A total of 24,000 animal species live in Slovenia.
  • Over one third of Slovenia's territory is protected and included in the Europe-wide Natura 2000 network, which protects biodiversity.
  • Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city is home to the oldest vine in the world. Although it is over four hundred years old, its Žametna Črnina grapes still produce 25 liters of wine every year.
  • Slovenia is one of the countries with the largest number of religious buildings per capita in Europe. There are almost 3,000 churches, chapels and religious monuments around Slovenia.
  • Slovenia's world-famous Lipica stud farm, celebrated for its aristocratic Lipizzaners, has been operating uninterruptedly since its foundation in 1580.
  • The adult Lipizzaner is notable for its white color and its remarkable learning ability.
  • In Slovenia you can see the traces of real dinosaurs. Traces from the early Triassic, probably around 200 million years old, can be seen on Zalarjev Vrh near Idrija.
  • The greatest number of Bled's famous cream slices or Cremeschnitte have been made in the pastry workshop of the Hotel Park in Bled – over 10 million of them. The original recipe of master pastry chef Ištvan Lukačevič has remained unchanged since 1953.
  • The Slovene ultra-marathon swimmer Martin Strel was the first man to successfully swim the Amazon, the Mississippi and the Yangtze.
  • The geographical and climatic variety and diversity of Slovenia mean that in a single day you can pick autumn fruits in the morning, bathe in the Adriatic in the afternoon, and go night skiing in the evening.

TOP Lists

TOP tourist products

  • Health and well-being
  • Active holidays, adventures in the natural environment
  • Business tourism
  • Gastronomy
  • Cities & culture
  • Gaming and entertainment tourism
  • Cruising

TOP tourist destinations

  • Cities: Ljubljana – the capital, Maribor, Ptuj, Škofja Loka
  • Julian Alps: Bled, Bohinj, Kranjska Gora
  • Karst: Postojna cave, Škocjan caves
  • Slovenian Coast: Piran, Izola, Koper

TOP gastronomic experiences

  • Food: Karst prosciutto, Kranjska klobasa – sausage, Tolminec cheese, Potica cake, Prekmurska gibanica cake, Idrijski žlikrofi
  • Wine: laški rizling, malvazija, rebula, šipon, refošk, teran
  • Spirits: schnapps (medica (honey) and viljamovka (pear))

TOP souvenirs

  • Lace & lace products (from the town of Idrija, widely recognized as producing some of the highest quality lace in the world)
  • Salt & products made of salt (from the centuries old Sečovlje salt pans on the coast south of Portorož)
  • Honey & products made of honey
  • Wine
  • I FEEL SLOVENIA branded souvenirs

TOP events

  • Traditional Carnival Celebrations (Ptuj – "Kurentovanje", Cerknica)
  • Idrija Lace Festival
  • Lent Festival (Maribor)
  • Ljubljana Festival
  • December celebration (Merry Ljubljana, Nativity in Postojna cave)
  • Seviqc Brežice (Early Music Festival)
  • Cow's ball & Wildflower Festival (Bohinj)

Chinese twin towns and twin counties

Koper – Jiujiang
Ljubljana – Chengdu
Novo mesto – Yixing
Gornja Radgona – Henan
Nova Gorica – Tongling

Embassies in China

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia
18 Xiaoyun Road
King's Garden Villas, No. 57, Block F
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100125
People's Republic of China
T:+86 10 6468 1030 /1154
F:+86 10 6468 1040

General consulates and consulates in China

Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia
2107A Westgate Tower
1038 West Nanjing Road
200041 Shanghai
People's Republic of China
T: + 86 21 621 830 55
F: + 86 21 621 832 35

List of international airports in the country

  • Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
  • Maribor Airport
  • Portorož Airport

Contact information

SPIRIT Slovenia, Slovenian Tourist Board
Dimičeva 13
SI – 1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Tel.: +386 1 5898 550
Fax.: + 386 1 5898 560
E-mail: info@slovenia.info
Web: www.slovenia.info