Slovenian Business Portal

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Location

Southern Central Europe, bordering Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic Sea.

Time

GMT + 1 (Summer time: GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Main cities

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia (284,355 residents). The other main cities are Maribor (95,767), Celje (37,875), Kranj (37,463), Koper (25,611), Velenje (25,327) and Novo mesto (23,719).

Slovenian 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

Euro (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 exchange bureaus.

Credit cards

MasterCard, 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

The 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.

Mobile operators: 31, 41, 40, 50, 51, 59, 70 etc.

Toll-free numbers: 80; commercial numbers: 89, 90.

In all cases, the prefix 0 must be dialled 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.

Important phone numbers

Police 113
Ambulance 112
Info Centre 112
Breakdown Service 1987
Transmission of national and international calls 0115
Time 195
Information on phone numbers in Slovenia 1188
Information on foreign phone numbers 1180

Internet

The Internet domain is .si . The Internet is well used, 87% of households and 99% of companies have Internet access, mostly broadband. On-line banking, e-government services and electronic commerce are well developed. Recommended webpages providing information on Slovenia are www.slovenia.si (general information), www.spot.si, www.investslovenia.si, www.poslovniportal.si (business information), www.najdi.si (a web browser), www.slovenia.info (tourist information); and the webpages of governmental institutions (see Useful Addresses).

Public holidays in 2020

1,2 January New Year
8 February Cultural Day
12 April Easter
13 April Easter Monday
27 April Day of Uprising Against the Occupation
1,2 May Labour Day
25 June Statehood Day
15 August Assumption Day
31 October Reformation Day
1 November All Saints Day
25 December Christmas
26 December Independence Day

Distances between Ljubljana and main European cities

Amsterdam 1,478 km
Athens 1,682 km
Vienna 395 km
Frankfurt 988 km
Berlin 1,178 km
Madrid 2,189 km
Paris 1,256 km
Prague 759 km
Rome 811 km
Zurich 672 km

 

Diplomatic missions and consular posts

Information about diplomatic missions and consular posts can be found on the webpages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mzz.gov.si

Entry visa

Slovenia is a member of the Schengen area.

Citizens of certain countries require a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen area. The list of these countries is published on the website of the European Commission, DG Home Affairs and can be reached through www.poslovniportal.si/visas.

Visas are issued by Slovenian diplomatic and consular representations abroad or by those of another Schengen member state where representation in the visa procedure has been agreed. The list of diplomatic missions and consular posts responsible for issuing visas is published at www.poslovniportal.si/visas.

Business hours

Government 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. Many branches have a lunch break.

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

Business etiquette

The usual European social conventions apply; smart dress is advised for business meetings. Appointments are usual and visitors should be punctual.

Shaking hands is the usual way of greeting someone. Business cards are usually exchanged at the beginning of a meeting. Executives will generally have good knowledge of English or German.

There is a well-developed network of local agents, advisers, consultants and lawyers who are willing to act for foreign companies.