Latest News from Slovenia

Croatia enters the Eurozone and Schengen, Sweden takes over the EU Presidency

As of today, Croatia has become the 20th member of the Eurozone and the 27th member of the Schengen area. More than 70 border points with Slovenia and Hungary and 12 - along the sea border are being removed. On this occasion, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is expected in Zagreb.

Host of events as Ethnographic Museum marks centenary

The Slovenian Ethnographic Museum will be celebrating its centenary this year with a number of events and exhibitions, as well as a new permanent display.

New Slovenian donations to Ukraine

Slovenia has been a major donor to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion and has recently donated ambulances and power equipment as part of a deliberate shift from military to non-military aid.

General government deficit in Q3 lowest since Covid outbreak

Slovenia’s general government deficit in the third quarter of the year shrank to €60 million or 0.4% of GDP, the lowest since the start of the Covid pandemic in the first quarter of 2020.

Slovenia’s bad bank winding up

The Bank Assets Management Company (BAMC), Slovenia’s bad bank, will be wounded up come the new year, less than a decade after playing a key role in a major bank bailout. Its remaining assets, estimated at half a billion euros, will be transferred to Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SSH), the state assets custodian.

Defence spending target pushed forward by five years in latest plan

The Defence Ministry has proposed a more ambitious development plan for the Slovenian Armed Forces under which the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence would be reached by 2030, five years sooner than currently planned.

Bulgaria is Third in the EU in share of Children at Risk of Poverty

In 2021, in the European Union, residents under the age of 18 who were at risk of poverty or social exclusion represented 24.4 percent of all in this age group. At the same time, this share among the adult population of the Union was 21.1 percent, according to the latest data of the European statistical agency Eurostat.

Research shows Triglav, Skuta glaciers continue to shrink

The latest measurements of the glaciers below the Triglav and Skuta peaks have shown that the only two remaining glaciers in Slovenia have shrunk and thinned significantly this year due to the unfavourable snow and temperature conditions, and that they are under threat of disappearing.

Mutual fund managers continue to record net investments

Mutual fund management companies in Slovenia find that despite the increased uncertainty and drops on stock markets, investors continue to make net investments in mutual funds. They are optimistic in spite of the value of assets under their management having dropped slightly this year from a record-high of EUR 4.3 billion at the end of 2021.

Free2move car rental launched in Slovenia

The mobility platform Free2move launched its car rental service in Slovenia on Thursday, announcing that additional services, such as fleet sharing vehicle financing and the use of car parks and electric charging points, are to follow.

New technologies in focus of Slovenian-Japanese Business Forum

The business and investment environment in Japan and Slovenia, opportunities for cooperation, and examples of best practice in smart cities, mobility and robotics topped the agenda of the Slovenian-Japanese Business Forum, organised on Wednesday by Spirit Slovenia and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Mountain huts see record footfall, over half foreign visitors

 Slovenian mountain huts are looking back at a record season, having reported 120,000 nights spent by hikers by the end of September 2022, which the Alpine Association of Slovenia says is slightly above the record figures posted in 2019.

Slovenian govt refutes Russian dirty bomb tweet

Ljubljana/Moscow, 26 October – The Slovenian government has responded to a Russian Foreign Ministry tweet featuring a photo from Slovenia alongside a warning that Ukraine was preparing to use a so called dirty bomb by stressing that radioactive waste in Slovenia is stored safely, is under supervision and is not used for dirty bombs.

Mathematician Mohar’s karst watercourses project wins ERC Synergy Grant

Professor Bojan Mohar from the Ljubljana Faculty of Mathematics has become the first Slovenian researcher to win the prestigious ERC Synergy Grant. He will be part of an international team researching the dynamics of karst watercourses and the occurrence of phenomena in extreme situations such as floods and droughts.

No. of tourists in Jan-Sept up 64%

Slovenia recorded 4.9 million tourist arrivals in the January-September period, a rise of 64.2% compared with the same period last year, the figures the Statistics Office released on Tuesday show.

Domestic tourists accounted for almost 1.6 million arrivals, with guests from Germany, Italy, Austria and Netherlands accounting for the bulk of foreign arrivals.