Your guide to being an expatriate in Slovenia

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Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, Slovenia is a small country with a population of around 2 million people. With its stunning Alpine scenery, crystal-clear lakes, and jagged limestone peaks, this nation offers an idyllic backdrop to its vibrant culture, rich history, and prosperous economy. Slovenia boasts a unique blend of influences from its diverse neighbours, making it a fascinating destination for expats and travellers alike.


Expat destinations in Slovenia

Demographics of Slovenia:

Ethnic groups

Croat: 2.2%

Other: 9.2%

Serbian: 2.5%

Slovene: 83%

Hungarian: 3.1%


Italian: Officially recognised

Slovene: Normal

Hungarian: Officially recognised

Serbo-Croatian: Commonly spoken

Religion Overview

Slovenia is a predominantly Roman Catholic country, with approximately 98% of the population identifying as Catholic.

Major Religions


Slovenia has a temperate continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. January and February are the coldest months, while July and August are the warmest. Annual precipitation varies from 1500mm in the western region to 700mm in the east.

Economy Overview

Slovenia is one of the most prosperous and stable economies in the former Yugoslavia. With a high level of economic freedom, a skilled workforce, and a diversified economy, it ranks highly on various indices of economic competitiveness and performance.

Key Industries

  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Trade
  • Construction
  • Finance

Major Companies

  • Rogaška
  • Kos
  • Ljubljanska Banka
  • Groupe Danone
  • Bausch + Lomb

Culture and Language Overview

Slovenian culture is a rich tapestry of influences from its neighbours in Central and Southeastern Europe. Traditional folk music, dances, and costumes are still celebrated today, especially on special occasions such as national holidays and festivals. The cuisine is also hearty and flavoursome, with popular dishes including štruklji (stuffed potato-dough dumplings) and jota (stew made with sauerkraut, potatoes, and vegetables).

Cultural Highlights

  • Ljubljanica River: The sparkling Ljubljanica River meanders through the charming city of Ljubljana and is a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, showcasing local handicrafts and traditional skills.
  • Postojna Cave: One of the world's largest show caves, Postojna Cave is renowned for its intricate network of passages, underground rivers, and stunning speleothems such as stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones.
  • Predjama Castle: Perched on a 123m-high cliff in Postojna, this majestic medieval castle offers breathtaking views and a fascinating history, including its time as a legendary cave dweller's lair.

Geography and Landmarks Overview

Slovenia's terrain is diverse, with rolling hills, sweeping valleys, and majestic mountains. Karst limestone features are abundant throughout the country, creating unique landscapes and countless caves. The picturesque Adriatic Sea coastline is located to the southwest, while the famous wine-growing region of Podravje is situated north of the capital, Ljubljana.

Notable Landmarks

  • Triglav: At 2864m, Triglav is the highest peak in Slovenia and a major landmark in the Julian Alps.
  • Bohinj Lake: This stunning glacial lake, nestled in the UNESCO Julian Alps, is surrounded by lush forest and offers picturesque vistas and water sports opportunities.
  • Savica Waterfall: Cascading from a height of 78m, this impressive waterfall is located near Lake Bohinj and is part of the breathtaking Triglav National Park.

National Holidays

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Epiphany (January 6)
  • Carnival Monday/Tuesday (Beginning of March)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labour Day (May 1)
  • Statehood Day (June 25)
  • Assumption Day (August 15)
  • All Saints' Day (November 1)
  • Independence Day (December 25)

Political Stability

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