NEED TO KNOW
Capital City: Ljubljana
Population: 2 million
Area: 7,800 square miles
Telephone Calling Code(s): 386
Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz
Currency: As of Nov 22, 2011:
1 Euro = $1.36 US Calculate Other Amounts
Slovenia, a member of the EU, does not require visas for citizens of the United States. A valid passport is sufficient for a three-month stay.
GOOD TO KNOW
Slovenian cuisine is typically hearty and heavily seasoned, focusing on staples such as smoked ham, hard salami, and cottage cheese. Menus demonstrate the influence of neighboring states, with common dishes ranging from Italian pizza to Austrian strudel. Slovenia's coast offers culinary delights unlike that found in the mountainous inner regions. Shellfish and the Adriatic bluefish are especially treasured.
Though Slovenian wine is never on the tip of one's tonguewith a wine-minded capital named Ljubljana, that's hardly surprisingthe countryside is dotted with family-run vineyards that produce fantastic wines.
Homemade culinary products are generally the best buys in Slovenia, including native wines, herbal teas, and honey. In addition to these favorites, intricate lace products can also be found at outdoor bazaars around the country.
A value-added tax (VAT) of 20 percent is added to every purchase you make. Travelers from outside the European Union, however, can get a refund at the customs office in the airport or train station. Tipping is not the common practice throughout Slovenia, but in especially touristy or trendy locales, a 10 percent gratuity is becoming standard.
It might be best to bring some cash for a quick conversion when you arrive, though most foreign credit cards will have no problem with the country's modernized banking system and up-to-date ATMs. Most hotelseven the smallestand a majority of restaurants now accept credit cards.
January: 1, New Year's Day
February: 8, Prešeren Day
April: 27, Day of Uprising Against Occupation
May: 1–2, Labor Day
June: 25, Statehood Day
August: 15, Assumption
October: 31, Reformation Day
November: 1, Remembrance Day
December: 25, Christmas Day; 26, Independence Day
Spring: Easter; day after Easter, Easter Monday