Where is it: Slovenia is located in central Europe, along the eastern Alps bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia.
Why do people go here: The gem of Eastern Europe, now a part of the European Union, has one of the highest standards of living in the region. Slovenia has the Adriatic Sea, ski-able alps and caves. What could be better?
What are the main entry points: Travelers tend to head to the capital, Ljublijana, from Austria or Italy, on their way to Croatia
Currency used: Tolar
Country Code for Phones: 386
Area codes for Major Cities: Ljubljana 61
Religion: Roman Catholic (Uniate 2%) 70.8%, Lutheran 1%, Muslim 1%, atheist 4.3%, other 22.9%
Population: 2 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Slovene 88%, Croat 3%, Serb 2%, Bosniak 1%, Yugoslav 0.6%, Hungarian 0.4%, other 5%
Government: Parliamentary democratic republic
Languages: Slovenian 91%, Serbo-Croatian 6%, other 3%
Major Cities: Ljubljana
Attractions: Adriatic Sea, Caves, Alps
Tourism Office locations and links: Slovenia- Tourist Office Centre for Tourism Promotion Dunajska 156 61000 Ljubljana, Slovenia +386-61-181 165; FAX +386-61-181-164
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Planina pri Jezeru, Carovniska Slivnica, Venus Trail
Health Issues: No vaccines are required to travel to Slovenia
Tips for Visiting
When to go: The beaches are slammed in the summer, try going after the crowds leave in September. Skiers should hit the slopes between December and February for ideal conditions.
Common Phrases: Yes = O, No = Ne, Please = Prosim Thank you = Prosim, Do you speak English? = Delati vi sli
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day/Statehood Day, 25 June (1991)
Getting Around: Everybody move to the back of the bus
Good to know: With its induction into the EU, travel to Slovenia will only increase. Head there soon while prices are still reasonable.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Slovenia is the Ljubljana airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Slovenia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.