Slovenia, a Central European state, neighbour Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia. Despite its relatively small size, a little more than 20,000 km2, which is about half that of Switzerland, everything in Slovenia is in abundance. It is the country of majestic Alps with glacial valleys, rivers and lakes; its surface is lavishly covered with forests; its subterranean area hides mysterious Karst caves, and the seashore is warmed by the Adriatic Sea. From the steep slopes of the Alps you can reach the world of olives and vineyards in less than three hours. From Maribor it takes about an hour to reach the lovely Pannonian plain, while the primeval forests of the south are only two hours away. You can ski in winter in the Maribor region, and enjoy the clean mountain air in the neighbouring Savinjske Alpe and Karavanke.

The contrasts in Slovenia‘s landscape surprise first time visitors. About fifty kilometers from the capital, Ljubljana, there are the Julian Alps with the Triglav National Park and its splenid glacious lakes. The Postojna Caves, the largest in Europe, are at a 35 minute‘s drive from the capital; and Portorož, a sunny seaside resort, is distanct just over 100 km from Ljubljana. Tourists like to opt for an excursion to Lipica, the original home of the famous white Lippizaner horses, situated in the region where wines have been produced since Roman times.

Visitors to Slovenia are attracted by the cultural heritage and cultural institutions aush as museums, concerts, international festivals, fairs and other cultural events. Those people who like playing golf, will opt for spectacular golf courses, while others may try their luck in casinos. The culinary arts and wines of Slovenia, however, are for everybody and for every season of the year.

This year Slovenia was rated No. 5 top world destination in "Places Rated" Destination Stewardship survey conducted by National Geographic Traveler. link

Area:   20,256 km2 
Population:  2 million 
Capital:  Ljubljana 
Language:  Slovenian (Slovene), Hungarian and Italian are minority languages 
Climate:  Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean 
Electricity:  220V, 50Hz, euro plugor schuko
Time zone:  Central European Time (GMT+1, summertime: GMT+2) 
Currency:  Euro € 
Exchange rate:    1€ = $1,29, 1€ = 126 Yen, subject to change 
GDP:  $27,148.642 = 19,508.285€ per capital (2008)