Slovenia Country Report
The majority of travelers to the small and heavily-forested Central European country of Slovenia (population 2million), located between Italy and Hungary on the Adriatic Sea, enjoy favorable travel conditions as of early 2017.
Legislative elections are set to be held in 2018.
Crime rarely affects foreigners; the biggest risk facing visitors is generally petty theft, particularly in bars and restaurants. Nevertheless, travelers are advised against walking around at night.
Certain areas of the country are located in moderately active seismic zones, notably the Soča River region (west), the capital Ljubljana and its surroundings, and the regions around the towns of Krško and Brežice (south).
While social conditions are generally calm, demonstrations are still possible in this small Balkan country – particularly in Ljubljana.
Health conditions are good, despite some cases of traveler’s diarrhea, tick-borne encephalitis (in the areas surrounding Ljubljana and Celje, particularly in the months of June and July), and, to a limited extent, leishmaniosis (in coastal areas between July and September).
An influx of migrants into the region has led to increased tensions with neighboring Croatia and Hungary over the management of this situation. Throughout 2015, hundreds of thousands of migrants traversed the region in order to reach northern European countries such as Sweden and Norway. The influx led many countries to close their borders and to restrict the flow of migrants. As the crisis is ongoing, border restrictions or even closures are possible with little notice.
The country has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and a member of the Eurozone since 2007. It is also part of the visa- and border checkpoint-free Schengen Area.
Finally, it should be noted that main roads in the country are well-maintained and that drivers are required to purchase and display a vignette (sticker) when travelling along highways. Additionally, from November 15 to March 15, or any other time of winter weather conditions (snow, blizzards, black ice), winter equipment is mandatory on vehicles. Not complying with these requirements could lead to a EUR 125 fine.
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.
Useful NumbersCountry Code: +386 Police: 112 or 113 Fire Dept.: 112 Ambulance: 112
Voltage: 220 V ~ 50 Hz
Southern Europe: Ongoing heatwave forecast through August 4
TIMEFRAME: from 7/31/2017, 12:00 AM until 8/4/2017, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris).
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