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Celje

Celje is fast growing city with an old tradition, located in the middle of Slovenia. It is the centre of the Savinjska region in terms of development, business, economy, trade, culture, education, public administration, healthcare, sports, and fairs. It is aspiring to become a modern centre of high technology and an international university centre.

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Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the political, cultural, scientific and university capital of Slovenia, as well as the scene of many international events. Ljubljana is large enough to have everything that other capitals do and at the same time small enough to show warmth and hospitality to every visitor.

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Postojna

The underground world of the Postojna Caves was carved through the centuries by the River Pivka. The marvellous stalactites and stalagmites place these caves among the most beautiful in the world. To explore the caves you will ride an electric train and inside a guide will walk you through to explain the most interesting parts of the caves.

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Slovenia

Our country is proud to be a host of Euro Dog Show 2010.

We would like you to feel welcomed here among so many fellow dog lovers.

There are also some important facts, which can make your journey to Slovenia much easier:

  • Slovenia is member of EU Countries since May 2004
  • Slovenia's official currency is Euro since January 1st 2007
  • Slovenia has almost completed its motorways connections
  • national air carrier Adria Airways is providing regular flights between different European capitals and Ljubljana
  • Slovenia is one of the smallest European Countries, but it has a wide range of interesting and undiscovered attractions
  • Slovenia is trying to avoid mass tourism and make each of visitor welcomed

Slovenia is a green treasure in the heart of Europe. It is a diverse country between the Alps, the Mediterranean and Pannonian plain. Travellers can enjoy snow-covered mountains and a Mediterranean coast on the other hand, beautiful karst caves and thermal springs, deep gorges created by clear mountain rivers, virgin forests, mountain lakes and disappearing karst lakes, ancient villages and medieval towns, old castles and modern entertainment centres, picturesque vineyards producing first class wines…
You can discover vivid history in modern museums, castles, churches, galleries and nature parks. Today you can enjoy the peace of a farm holiday and tomorrow experience an international cultural event. Slovenia is truly colourful. Come and discover it!


SLOVENIA – GENERAL INFORMATION

Official name: Republic of Slovenia
Political system: parliamentary republic
Area: 20.273 km2
Forest: 10.124 km2
Vineyards: 216 km2
Length of border with Austria: 330 km
Length of border with Italy: 232 km
Length of border with Hungary: 102 km
Length of border with Croatia670 km
Length of coast: 46.6 km
Capital: Ljubljana
Population: 2.055.000
Ethnic origin of population: Slovene (83.1 %), Serb 2 %, Croat 1,8 %, Italian (0.16%), Hungarian (0.43%), Others (11.57%)

Language: Slovene
Religion: Roman Catholic (82%)
Climate: Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean
Time zone: Central European Time GMT+1
Average temperatures July: 21°C  January: 0°C
Political system: multiparty parliamentary democracy
Economy: GDP p.c. (2009) 17.092 EUR

imports (2009) 16,96 billion EUR, exports (2009) 16,04 billion EUR
Currency: euro – EUR/€ (since January 1st, 2007)
Education: Universities in Ljubljana, Maribor and Koper 79.043 students (2009/2010)
Culture: 14 professional and numerous amateur theatres, 2 operas, 45 permanent galleries, 60 museums, 5 professional orchestras and a symphony orchestra
Media: 6 daily newspapers, 40 weeklies, state television, private televisions, state radio station, local radio stations

STORES
Working hours are mostly nonstop without lunch time closing.
- Weekdays: 8:00/09.00 to 19:00/20.00
- Saturdays: 8:00 to 13:00/17.00
- Sundays and holidays: On duty pharmacies, etc., and some private stores and big shopping centres till 13:00
Payment is in EUR; most stores accept credit cards: AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS, MASTER CARD - EUROCARD, and VISA. 
 
POST OFFICE
Hours of operation:
- Weekdays: 8:00 to 18:00
- Saturdays: 8:00 to 12:00
Evenings and Sundays only main Post Offices in larger canters are open;
www.posta.si
lnternational outgoing call prefix: 00
International calls to Slovenia prefix: 386
Public telephones operate on magnetic cards. Magnetic cards are sold at post offices; at newspaper kiosks and tobacco shops;
www.telekom.si

BANKS
Banks will exchange foreign currency and travellers checks for EURO and vice versa. Foreign residents may open euro and foreign currency accounts, and it is possible to send money orders and transfer payments. Changing money is also possible at exchange offices in hotels, gasoline stations, tourist agencies, supermarkets, and numerous small exchange offices.
Hours of operation:
Weekdays: 8:30-11:30 and 14:00-17:00
Saturdays: mostly closed, some are opened from 8:30 to 11:00/12:00
Daily currency exchange rates

DRINKING WATER
The water is safe and drinkable throughout the country.

ELECTRICITY
Current is 220 V, 50 Hz.

WEATHER
Due to the changes in climate – Mediterranean at the coast, Alpine in the Alps and Karavanke mountains, and Pannonian to the northeast of the country – the appropriate clothes for each season are recommended.
Average temperatures in July are above 21
°C  and in January  0°C. In the summer it can be very hot at the coast and quite cold in the mountains. We advise you to check the weather forecast before coming to Slovenia.

GETTING TO SLOVENIA


1. BY AIR
Slovenia's national carrier Adria Airways offers regular schedule flights to most major European cities. Ljubljana is linked to Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, London, Dublin, Manchester, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Moscow, Split, Skopje, Sarajevo, Ohrid, Tirana, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Podgorica, Prague, Priština and others.


2. BY CAR
You can best get to know a country if you visit it by car. You can reach Slovenia via one of the border crossings with Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia, or you can rent a car in one of our car rental agencies. Slovenia’s highways are good and clearly signposted, beside the roads you will find rest stops, inns with overnight accommodation, and motels.


3. RAIL TRAVEL
Almost every important tourist destination is served by modern and comfortable trains. Connections abroad are excellent: you can come to Slovenia on direct lines from  Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. Train travel is convenient and inexpensive.


4. MARITIME TRAVEL
Vessels arriving in the territorial waters of Slovenia from abroad may land only at the docks of the international border crossings in Koper, Piran and in Izola (seasonal border crossing). Upon mooring the vessel, the vessel, its crew, and the passengers must be registered with the border authorities. The following documents are needed for the procedure: the original documents for the vessel (proof of ownership of the vessel or authorization for its use), the captain's certificate of qualification to operate the vessel and identity documents of people on the vessel.


5. BY BUS
It is also possible to reach Slovenia from neighbouring countries by bus. International bus transport is well organized and relatively inexpensive. The timetables and other information can be found at the web address.


BORDER FORMALITIES
Border formalities are minimal and correspond to the European standards. To cross the border, a valid passport is sufficient if the visit is no longer than three months. Citizens of member countries of the European Union, Croatia, and Switzerland can cross the border with a valid personal identification document, but the visit can not be longer than thirty days. All those who need visas to visit Slovenia can obtain them from Slovenia’s representative offices in their home or neighbour countries.
Upon entering the European Union, Slovenia had a short transition period to fulfill all the conditions of the Schengen Agreement. At the end of December 2007 Slovenia obtained full membership in the Schengen Agreement.

VISAS

It was agreed that travellers from countries with which the European Union has not reached an agreement on the abolition of visas must have visas in their passports valid for at least six months, which they can get at any Slovene (or otherwise authorized) representative office in their home countries. More information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs - field Useful information.


BRINGING IN ITEMS
The flow of goods between member countries of the European Union is tax-free, and the regulations are the same in all member countries of the European Union. Restrictions apply only for the transport of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, where the amount not subject to excise tax is limited.

Along with personal baggage, foreign travellers from third countries (not member countries of the European Union) may also bring with them items needed during a temporary stay in Slovenia and pay no import duties on them.


MEDICAL CARE FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS
Every major town and city in Slovenia has a health center open from 7:00 to19:00 on weekdays. Emergency medical assistance is free of charge, while other medical services and medicines must be paid for. Tourists from countries with which the Republic of Slovenia has signed a convention who can show the appropriate certificate may receive medical treatment in the framework of the convention agreement free of charge. Certificates from the convention are available from Ministry of Health offices of the home country.

TAX RETURNS
Due to the principle of the single European market, Slovenia has annulled the possibility of tax returns at national border crossings since this form of tax relief no longer exists among the member countries of the European Union. Visitors from countries that are not members of the European Union must have special forms for purchased goods filled in by sellers. The form must be stamped by the customs office at the border crossing upon leaving a member country of the European Union. The tax will be returned by the institutions listed on the form for tax-free purchases.
 
ANIMALS
To cross the borders between member countries of the European Union (i.e., for the non-commercial movement of house pets, where the animals return to their home country together with their owners), the owners of dogs, cats, and ferrets must carry a European Union passport for house pets containing a confirmation of vaccination against rabies, and the animals must be marked in the prescribed fashion. Special regulations apply for some members of the European Union - details are available from the Veterinary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia or from local veterinary institutions. For other house pets (rodents, reptiles, amphibians, aquarium fish, pet birds, etc.) the rules differ from country to country, so owners should seek further information in the individual country or on the Internet at: http://www.vurs.gov.si or on e-mail: vurs@gov.si

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