Latest News from Slovenia

Slovenia co-hosts UN event on digital skills

New York – Slovenia co-hosted an event on the sidelines of the UN Transforming Education Summit in New York on Saturday that focused on digital skills in learning and teaching. The event was held in the run-up to the general debate opening the 77th session of the UN General Assembly which will also hear an address by President Borut Pahor.

Norway’s Foss wins cycling world time-trial crown

Norway's Tobias Foss pulled off a huge upset to dethrone two-time defending champion Filippo Ganna and claim a maiden time-trial title at cycling's road world championships in Australia on Sept. 18.

The 25-year-old conquered the 34.2-kilometer circuit in 40 minutes 02.78 seconds to edge Swiss powerhouse Stefan Kung by 2.95 seconds.

Wage statistics for 2021 show gender gap still wide

Ljubljana – The average gross monthly pay in Slovenia was at EUR 2,138 in 2021, or 10.1% more than in 2020, according to provisional data of the Statistics Office. On average, men earned EUR 2,165 gross a month and women made EUR 2,107 gross. Nearly 65% of the working population earned less than the average gross pay. The median salary was at EUR 1,763.

Večer critical of govt decision to pull out of Boxer deal

Ljubljana – The government’s decision to rescind the Boxer defence deal was not a good one, says Večer on Saturday, noting that Slovenia does not have a long-term strategic reflection on the development of the armed forces.

Kings of the Street wins award for best street newspaper front page

Milan/Ljubljana – The Slovenian street magazine Kings of the Street has received an award for the best street newspaper front page by the International Network of Street Papers. The people’s choice award, presented in Milan, Italy, on Friday, recognised a cover made by visual artist Samira Kentrić, the organisation said.

Šenk Homestead recognised at Constructive Alps competition

Ljubljana – Šenk Homestead in the Jezersko area in north-western Slovenia has received a special mention at the sixth international architecture competition Constructive Alps, held by Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

Out of 240 entries from seven countries, the jury recognised eleven projects as outstanding, said the Slovenian Environment and Spatial Planning Ministry.

Tim Farčnik elected to biathlon federation executive board

Salzburg – Slovenia’s Tim Farčnik has been appointed to the executive board of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) at their 15th Ordinary Congress in Salzburg, Austria, the Slovenian Ski Association (SZS) said.

Farčnik will join five other members of the executive board in the 2022-2026 period.

Kolpa river in flood, others swollen

Ljubljana – The water levels of rivers have increased overnight due to heavy rain, and the Kolpa river is flooding. Some other rivers, including the Ljubljanica and Krka, are likely to run over their banks as well. Most river levels will start to recede in the afternoon and will continue to do so in the coming days, the Environment Agency (ARSO) said.

Slovenia pulling out of Boxer defence deal

Brdo pri Kranju – Slovenia will rescind the EUR 281 million agreement on the purchase of 45 Boxer armoured personnel carriers from the OCCAR programme after an audit of the deal was completed, Defence Minister Marjan Šarec announced after Thursday’s cabinet session. The contractual fine could reach as high as EUR 70 million.

Slovenia, Germany to boost cooperation in defence

Ljubljana – Slovenia and Germany plan to sign a declaration on enhanced bilateral cooperation in defence, the Government Communication Office said as the cabinet took note of this decision at Thursday’s session.

Daily coronavirus count persists at over 2,000

Ljubljana – Slovenia logged 2,402 new coronavirus cases for Wednesday, around 130 fewer than on Tuesday but around 350 more than on Wednesday last week, shows latest Health Ministry data. Three persons died, while there were no major changes in the number of Covid patients in hospitals. The number of active cases is estimated at 23,421, up by 851 on the day before.

Slovenia celebrates Primorska reunification day

Koper/Portorož – Slovenia observes today the Return of Primorska to the Motherland, a public holiday in memory of the day in 1947 when this western region was reunited with Slovenia after being under Italian rule since the end of WWI.

Karavanke tunnel with Austria remains closed for buses, trucks

Kranj – The Karavanke tunnel, the country’s motorway connection with Austria in the north-west of Slovenia, has reopened to personal vehicles while it remains closed in both directions for buses and trucks over 3.5 tonnes due to “technical problems”. The tunnel was fully closed between around 11:20am and 3pm.

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