Latest News from Slovenia

Slovenia’s jobless total falls below 54,000

Ljubljana – Slovenia’s registered jobless total fell to 53,935 in August, close to the record low figure recorded in June this year. The figure was down by 0.7% from July and 22.2% lower than in August 2021, according to the Employment Service. The number of people freshly registered for being out of a job was down by just over a fifth compared to July but up by 3% year-on-year.

Weekend Covid figures down week-on-week

Ljubljana – A total of 2,175 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Slovenia from Friday to Sunday or 286 cases fewer than in the same period a week ago, the latest data by the Health Ministry show. One Covid-19 patient died in the three-day period.

Serbian ambassador summoned over Vučić’s statements about Slovenia

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Foreign Ministry has summoned Serbian Ambassador to Slovenia Zorana Vlatković for talks over the statements that Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić made about Slovenia during Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s visit in Belgrade on Saturday.

Prebilič collects enough signatures to run for president

Ljubljana – Vladimir Prebilič, a defence expert who is currently serving as Kočevje mayor, has collected enough signatures to submit his candidacy for Slovenian president, he told the press in Ljubljana on Monday. At a joint news conference with Vesna, this non-parliamentary party promoting a green agenda announced its support for Prebilič’s bid.

Mercator still in the red despite higher sales in 2021

Ljubljana – Mercator, the leading grocery group in Slovenia, generated EUR 2.2 billion in sales revenue in 2021, up 1.6% over 2020, while its net loss decreased from almost EUR 157,000 to EUR 2,150, shows its annual report released on Monday.

PM expects aid to business could top EUR 1.5 billion

Ljubljana – The corporate sector will need aid in excess of EUR 1.5 billion to cope with high energy prices, Prime Minister Robert Golob said on Monday after meeting with representatives of business associations. The exact scope of the aid will depend on how successful reform of EU energy markets will be.

Just weeks ago Golob said that aid would have to amount to a billion euros.

First loss for Slovenia at EuroBasket

Cologne – Slovenia suffered a defeat at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina the EuroBasket on Sunday, going down 97:93 (26:32, 49:52, 72:73) to end an 11-game winning streak at European championships.

Bosnia and Herzegovina started off with an eight-point run, but Slovenia quickly caught up to finish the first quarter six point ahead,

Domestic electricity covers only 75% of country’s needs

Ljubljana – Electricity generated in Slovenia met 74.4% of the country’s needs in the first half of the year, down 12 percentage points from the same period in last year for what had been the lowest consumption-generation rate in the last 10 years, the latest data from the Infrastructure Ministry show.

Slovenian artist wins Piran Grand Prix

Piran – Matic Moškon, a young Slovenian artist, has won the Grand Prix at the Piran Ex-Tempore workshop in the seaside town of Piran for a painting entitled Just an Observer.

Despite his youth, Moškon’s work “exhibits the quality of psychological introspection,” the jury said as the awards were declared on Saturday evening.

One of world’s smallest manned helicopters made in W Slovenia

Tolmin – More than a decade ago Miro Črv started developing a small coaxial helicopter at his home in the hills of western Slovenia. This year his product is being shipped to buyers world-wide, mostly to the US.

The SCH-2A is one of the lightest manned coaxial helicopters in the world. Mirocopter, the business established by Črv, will sell about ten of them this year.

One dead, three wounded in shooting near Novo Mesto

Novo Mesto – One person died and three were wounded in a shooting near Brezje, an informal Roma settlement in Novo Mesto area, on Saturday night. The suspect was arrested this morning, Novo Mesto police said.

The suspect, a 25-year-old man, appears to have shot dead a 22-year-old man from Novo Mesto along the main road between Mirna Peč and Novo Mesto.

Second win for Slovenia at the Eurobasket

Cologne – Slovenia easily defeated Hungary 103:88 (29:16, 54:33, 88:60) in the second round of play at the Eurobasket on Saturday night.

The team started out with a 18:2 run and opened a 24-point gap by the first half, allowing coach Aleksander Sekulić to give the top players some rest ahead of the deciding games.

European Days of Jewish Culture open in Maribor

Maribor – The Maribor Synagogue will hold open day on Sunday to kick start a series of events celebrating the annual European Days of Jewish Culture in Slovenia. This year the events focus on the theme of renewal.

Slovenia make it to quarter-final of Volleyball Worlds

Ljubljana – Slovenia sailed past Germany 3:1 (18, 19, -21, 22) on Saturday to secure a berth in the quarter-final of the World Volleyball Championship for the first time ever.

Slovenia had dominated Germany in the preliminary round just days ago but this time the game was much more equal.

Smell of saute potato wafting through Bled

Bled – Smells of saute potato made with onions in “more than 99 ways” are wafting through Bled on Saturday as the lakeside town hosts the 22nd annual world festival of this traditional Slovenian dish.

Frying started at 9am with the official opening of the festival to follow at noon. Free tastings will be available into the late afternoon, along with other culinary delights.