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Beautifully crafted craftsmanship can be found everywhere in Slovenia. Popular souvenirs are bobbin lace (the delicately worked lace from Idrija is particularly fine), crystal glass from Rogaška, wood carvings, pottery and Slovenian wines and schnapps. A special souvenir are Panjska Koncnic – small pictures painted on the head panel of a beehive; usually religious, fairytale or folkloric scenes are shown. In the coastal region, sea salt is used not only for table salt but also for all kinds of cosmetic products. Large supermarkets can be found in the suburbs of big cities, the most famous chains include Mercator, Tuš and Interspar. BTC in Ljubljana is the largest shopping center in Slovenia (Internet: In addition to numerous chain stores, some of which are internationally known, you will find restaurants, a cinema and a bowling center here. Farmers’ markets are held regularly in all larger towns, offering fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other specialties from the respective region. The Maribor market, where live animals are sometimes sold, offers a special experience. In the Koper Fish Hall you will find the freshest fish in the whole country. A pottery market is held once a month in Ljubljana on the banks of the Ljubljanica River.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.00-19.00, Sat 08.00-13.00. Some shopping centers are also open on Sunday mornings and public holidays. Since shop opening hours are not regulated by law, there are also some grocery stores in the cities that are open 24 hours a day.



Slovenian cuisine has a rich selection to offer. Depending on the region, it is influenced to varying degrees by Austrian, Italian and Hungarian cuisine. Goulash is popular in eastern Prekmurje, while fish is often served in the Primorska region on the coast. Soups are eaten with pleasure throughout the country. Above all, fresh ingredients from the respective region are processed, such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, cabbage, chard, apples, grapes, mushrooms, nuts, poppy seeds and honey. Prsut (air-dried ham) is often served with vegetables. Milk is processed into quark and cheese. Slovenian cheeses are not exactly known for their sharpness, but you can also find some very tasty varieties here. There are numerous local cheese producers, many of whom are happy to welcome visitors. Poultry, beef or lamb are often found on the menu, while sauerkraut, bratwurst and pork dishes are particularly popular. Buckwheat dishes are also typical. Apple strudel and yeast cake with walnut filling are served for dessert. Bratwurst and pork dishes. Buckwheat dishes are also typical. Apple strudel and yeast cake with walnut filling are served for dessert. Bratwurst and pork dishes. Buckwheat dishes are also typical. Apple strudel and yeast cake with walnut filling are served for dessert.

Regional specialities

Struklji (buckwheat strudel filled with meat, vegetables or a sweet filling) Jota (sauerkraut and bean stew with mashed potatoes) Corba od pecurki sa krompirom (mushroom soup with potatoes and tomatoes) Potica (cake with many different fillings, mainly nuts, honey, cream, raisins and cinnamon) Gibanica (very rich puff pastry, often prepared for festive occasions)


A 10% tip is customary in restaurants.



Predominantly Roman Catholic (57.8%); Muslim (2.4%), Greek Orthodox (2.3%) and other Christian minorities.

Social Rules of Conduct

General: Slovenes are extremely hospitable people and very proud of their independence. Many Slovenes are happy when you use the Slovene place names. Manners: When greeting someone shakes hands. The usual manners should be observed. Women are addressed with gospa and men with gospod and their surname. The salutation gospodična (Miss) is considered obsolete. The salutation with gospa or gospod and the first name is somewhat less formal. You always show up for an invitation at the agreed time. An odd number of flowers, chocolates or a good bottle of wine are suitable as gifts. Criticism tends to be expressed indirectly so as not to expose oneself or one’s counterpart. Clothing: Casual, smart attire is acceptable in most cases. Value is placed on branded clothing. You should wear a suit to a business meeting. Smoking: Smoking is strictly forbidden in all closed public rooms and on public transport, as well as in cinemas, theatres, bars, restaurants, offices and waiting rooms. Some restaurants offer separate smoking rooms, but no food or drinks may be consumed in them. Smoking bans should be observed, otherwise there is a risk of high fines. Tipping: There is no obligation to tip. However, service providers are happy if the customer rounds up the invoice amount a little. Depending on the bill, a tip of 5-10% is customary in restaurants. Safety: Slovenia is generally a safe country, but you should also pay attention to your valuables here. Cars should always be parked locked in lighted parking lots. Larger amounts of cash and other valuables are safe in the hotel safe. Important documents such as flight tickets, identity papers or booking confirmations should always be copied.


Best travel time

Continental climate with hot summers and cold winters in the east and south-east, Alpine climate in the north-west, Mediterranean climate in the coastal area. The best travel time for beach holidaymakers on the Adriatic coast begins in June and ends in September. The middle parts of the country and the north are best traveled from May to September. Winter sports enthusiasts usually find the best conditions in the Alps from December to April.

Country data

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Area (sq km)



2.067, 372 (Source: homosociety)

Population density (per square km)

102 per sq km

Population statistics year


Member of the EU


Main emergency number


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