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Useful information about Slovenia

What you need to know about Slovenia

Information about Slovenia

Some of the very useful information about Slovenia for all who are planning to visit Slovenia.

Time zone

Time zone in SloveniaGMT + 1 (summer lime: GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).


Main cities

Main cities in SloveniaLjubljana is the capital city of Slovenia (272,000 residents). The other main cities are Maribor (96,000 residents), Celje (38,000), Kranj (37,000), Velenje (26,000), Koper (25,000) and Novo mesto (23,000).


Language

Language in SloveniaSlovenian is a Slavic language closely related to Croatian, Serbian, Slovak and Czech. Most Slovenians speak English as a second language; German and Italian are also spoken, especially in the areas bordering Austria and Italy.


Currency

Currency in SloveniaEuro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of € 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and € 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and larger hotels, petrol stations, tourist agencies and exchange bureaus.


Credit cards

Credit cards accepted in SloveniaMasterCard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron, Amex and Diners are generally accepted in most shops and restaurants. Cash withdrawals from automated teller machines can be made with Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Visa Electron Plus cards.


Telephone

Telephone country code SloveniaThe country code is +386; the international call prefix is 00; the prefix for local calls is 0. Area codes: Ljubljana 1, Maribor 2, Celje 3, Kranj 4, Koper 5, Novo mesto 7.

In all cases, the prefix 0 must be dialed for local calls. For example, to call Ljubljana from abroad dial 386+ 1 + the local number; but to call Ljubljana from another area within Slovenia, dial 01 + the local number.


Taxes

Taxes in SloveniaThe standard VAT rate in Slovenia is 22% and 9.5% reduced rate applies to goods and services specifically defined by the VAT Act. Any business with a turnover in excess of EUR 50,000 in the last 12 months is obligated to register with the VAT authorities. Slovenian land tax is 2% of the value of the land.

Slovenia corporate tax rate is 17%. Personal income tax rates in Slovenia are progressive to 50%.


Social Security Contributions

FundEmployee (%)Employer (%)
Pension insurance15.508.85
Health insurance6.367.09
Unemployment0.140.06
Maternity leave0.100.10
Total22.1016.10

Visa

Slovenian VisaCitizens of certain countries require an entry visa (the list is published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A resident visa is not required for foreigners who possess a valid Schengen visa or a valid residence permit for one of the Schengen member states. Visas are issued by Slovenian embassies abroad or by a diplomatic mission or consular post of another Schengen member state where representation in the visa procedure has been agreed. Foreigners must submit a visa application together with a valid passport and documentation corroborating the purpose of their visit. The passport must be valid for at least three months longer than the visa.


Wages

Wages in SloveniaAverage monthly pay in Slovenia in August 2014 was EUR 1.516,93 gross and EUR 992,94 net. On July 2012 minimum gross wage for full-time work has been EUR 789,15 or EUR 560,42 net.


Business hours

Information about SloveniaGovernment offices: Mondays to Fridays: 08:00 – 16:00
Other offices: Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 – 17:00
Banks: Mondays to Fridays: 08:00 – 17:00
Stores: Mondays to Fridays: 07:00 – 19:00; Saturdays 07:00 – 13:00
Larger stores: Mondays to Saturdays: 07:00 – 20:00; Sundays 07:00 – 15:00


Transport

Transport in SloveniaTraffic information: http://www.dars.si/, http://www.amzs.si/
Aircraft information: http://www.adria.si, http://www.lju-airport.si/
Railway information: http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/
Bus information: http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/


References: Statistical office of the Republic of Slovenia, Avgust 2012 and Doing Business in Slovenia 2012 (CMSR in SID Banka).

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