Slovenia is a Central European country. The Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst meet on that geographically very diverse territory. Slovenia covers 20,273 square kilometres and has a population of 2,060,544 (Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 30 July 2013). It borders Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the east and south, and Italy to the west. Its capital and largest city is Ljubljana; other medium-sized towns include Maribor, Celje, Kranj, Velenje, Koper, Novo mesto and Murska Sobota.
Since 1 May 2004, Slovenia has been a member of the European Union, and since 7 April 2004, it has been a member of NATO. On 1 January 2007, the euro was introduced as its currency.
Official language is Slovenian. However, in the residential areas of the Italian and Hungarian ethnic minority, Italian and Hungarian are recognised as official languages as well.
The majority of residents are Catholic, but there are 40 other registered religions.
UTC +1 (Central European time)
Mains electricity in Slovenia is a 230 Volts 50 Hz system. Slovenia uses the Europlug (CEE 7/16). This is the plug used in most other European countries.
State holidays and work-free days in Slovenia (in 2014):
- 1 January: New Year
- 8 February: the Slovenian cultural holiday Prešeren Day
- 20 April: Easter Sunday
- 21 April: Easter Monday
- 27 April: Day of Uprising against Occupation
- 1 and 2 May: May Day Holiday
- 25 June: Statehood Day
- 15 August: Assumption Day
- 17 August: Day of Slovenes in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation (not work-free)
- 15 September: Day of Restoration of the Primorska Region to the Motherland (not work-free)
- 31 October: Reformation Day
- 1 November: All Saints Day
- 23 November: Rudolf Maister Day (not work-free)
- 25 December: Christmas
- 26 December: Independence and Unity Day
For more information, visit www.slovenia.info.