Slovenia Business Travel Guide

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The Slovenia Business Travel Guide presents a range of travel tools and resources to help assist business travellers on their trips. The travel guide highlights some useful information such as visa information, business customs, culture, tips, facts on Slovenia, visa information and more. An understanding of other cultures, languages, customs and traditions can be of great use for business travellers helping to create better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Slovenia has an advanced and developed economy with a number of business opportunities. It a member of the EU, Eurozone and NATO and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Major trading partners include EU neighbours Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Croatia. Slovenia is a multicultural, multiracial country and home to a number of ethic groups. Slovenia shares borders with Croatia in the south, Hungary in the north east, Austria in the north and Italy in the west.

The country has a variety of landscapes including the Alps in the north, lakes, valleys, gorges and caves and a range of flora and fauna. Famous attractions include the Triple Bridge, Tivoli City Park, Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Ljubljana Cathedral and National Gallery of Slovenia in the capital Ljubljana and Lake Bled, Postojna Cave Julian Alps, Škocjan Caves, Bled Castle, Volčji Potok Arboretum and Lake Cerknica.

Slovenia Guide

Quick Facts on Slovenia
Slovenia Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Slovenia Map
Slovenia Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Slovenia

Country: Slovenia

Capital: Ljubljana

Currency: Euro (1euro = 100 cents)

Population: 2 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 20,000 sq km

Languages: Slovenian

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 220V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 386

GDP: USD 46.83 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox.

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .si

Slovenia Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Slovenia. You can find more information on entry requirements for Slovenia, advice on local laws and customs, health considerations, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Slovenia. The information is regularly updated making it a useful resource to consult for business and leisure travellers, prior to starting their trips to Slovenia. For more information please see: Slovenia Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Slovenia Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings should be arranged in advance, business dress is smart and conservative, the usual greeting is with a handshake. Proper titles are used to address people and not first names. Business cards are exchanged usually after staking hands, punctuality is important for business meetings. There are a number of consultants, agents and advisors that can act on behalf of foreign firms offering specialist local knowledge.

Business meetings may take place at lunch time or dinner at restaurants. Business people may have a good understanding of both English and German, there are translators available should they be required. Business procedures and protocols are similar to that found in other western/ EU countries.

Travel Advice and Tips

Slovenia is a relatively safe country to visit and the vast majority of trips to Slovenia for business people and tourists take place year without undue concern or incident. You should be however aware of pick pockets especially in public and crowded places targeting valuables such as passports. You should always remain alert and vigilant to your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Travellers Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP up to eight weeks before you travel on whether you require any travel vaccinations. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
08.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday

For Banks:
08.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
08.00 to 12.00 Saturdays

For Shops:
07.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday
08.00 to 13.00 Saturdays (some shopping centres are open until 20.00 on Saturdays

NOTE: Most shops are closed on Sundays.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day
February 8: Culture Day
April 6: Easter Monday
April 27: Day of Uprising against Occupation
May 1: Labour Day / May Day
May 24: Pentecost
June 25: Statehood Day
August 15: Assumption Day
August 17: Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation
September 15: Restoration of the Primorska Region to the Motherland
October 31: Remembrance of the Reformation
November 1: All Saint's Day
November 23: Rudolf Maister Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Independence and Unity Day

Slovenia Map

Map of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Slovenia Weather & Climate

Slovenia's location in southern central Europe gives it a continental climate characterised by warm summers with cold winters including snowfall in the Alps in the north of the country. The north if the country is generally colder than the south with a more Mediterranean climate on the coast. The climate ensures that Slovenia is a country that can be visited through most of the year.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer months; rain wear including rain coats and umbrellas are useful for the summer. Mountain/Alpine wear clothing is required in the mountain regions throughout the year. Additional layers and warmer clothing is required during the autumn and winter months.

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