Slovenia Country Report
Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned in March, triggering June parliamentary elections. The nationalist SDS party won the most votes but was unable to be able to form a majority. A broad, left-leaning coalition was formed instead, which puts privatisation plans at risk. A need to remain committed to longer-term fiscal reforms and fiscal targets will likely force the government to remain on an austerity trajectory, posing continuous risk of labour strikes in various segments of public sector. The issue of corruption remains a problem, despite improvements under Cerar's government. Terrorism risks and risks to individuals are likely to remain low.
Slovenia's attitude towards foreign direct investment (FDI) is gradually improving, and the government actively seeks ways to improve the economy's attractiveness and competitiveness. In the past the government was accused in the past of being suspicious of foreign investment, especially with regards to ownership of land and property. Trade unions have a strong position in Slovenia and there is a moderate risk of strikes. The infrastructure is of a good standard, benefiting from the EU development funds, and the workforce is well trained and educated. Corruption remains problematic.
Slovenia is part of NATO and is a member of the Schengen zone, with the latter status prompting concerns over potential anonymous entry of terrorist groups into the country. These concerns have been raised because of the record-high influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe. However, the country retains a low international profile, mitigating the risk of terrorist attacks staged by the Islamist groups in the one-year outlook. There are no known domestic militant groups operating in Slovenia, hence the terrorism risk staged by the domestic terrorist groups is also minimal.
The risk of interstate and civil war in Slovenia is very low. Slovenia maintains positive relations with its regional peers. Occasional border and energy disputes between Slovenia, Croatia, and Austria tend to be resolved through diplomatic channels and are highly unlikely to escalate into interstate military conflict. Slovenia's membership in the EU has further mitigated the risk.
The risk of protests and riots is low in the one-year outlook. A repetition of the 2012–13 rallies will probably occur if new corruption allegations against politicians or other high-ranking public officials emerge and/or if the government embarks on an unpopular austerity path without dialogue with social partners (trade unions and employers' associations), which is unlikely. The government's pledges to crack down on political corruption and strengthen public trust in state institutions mitigate the risk of demonstrations.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Tick-Borne Encephalitis: For stays in rural zones and for hiking enthusiasts (for children over the age of one).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
Slovenia has three district climates: alpine (in the north), continental (in the east), and Mediterranean (in the west and the south). Temperatures fluctuate widely throughout the year. In Ljubljana temperatures can fall below -15°C in the winter and rise above 35°C in the summer. Rainfall is the heaviest in October and the lightest in March.
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