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Slovenia - Personal I.D. Card

AREA
20.251 KM2
Capital: Ljubljana pop. 280 000
POPULATION
2 million
90% Slovenes, with Italian and Hungarian minorities 
LANGUAGE
Slovene
Most Slovenes speak one of the following languages: English, Italian or German
RELIGION
Mainly Roman Catholic, some Protestant
CLIMATE
Slovenia has three different climatic regions: Central European, Alpine and Mediterranean. The average summer temperature is 21°C, winter 0°C.
POLITICAL SYSTEM
Multiparty parliamentary democracy; bicameral parliament made up of a National Assembly and National Council.
ECONOMY
GDP (2009) US $ 59 billion
Import: US $ 8.4 billion
Export: US $ 6.3 billion
CURRENCY
EURO (€)

Slovenia - Information on Crossing the Border

BORDER CROSSINGS
Slovenia has 61 road, rail and other border crossings with Italy, 47 with Austria, 4 with Hungary and 34 with Croatia. In addition to this Slovenia has three maritime and three air border posts.
VISAS, PASSPORTS
A valid passport is sufficient for a visit to Slovenia on business or as a tourist, provided your stay does not exceed three months. Citizens of the European Communitie do not need passport to enter Slovenia. Anyone who is required to have a visa to enter Slovenia may obtain one at the Slovenian representation in their country of directly at the border crossing.
GREEN CARDS
A green card (international vehicle insurance) must be carried by all foreign drivers on their entry into Slovenia, with the exception of those from countries with which Slovenia has a special agreement. Foreign citizens without a green card my obtain short-term insurance in Slovenia.
CUSTOMS
Foreigners may bring into Slovenia and take away their personal property without payment of customs duties. At the majority of border crossings there are duty free shops.
SLOVENE TOURIST OFFICES ABROAD
GB London
USA New York
JP Tokio
FOREIGN DIPLOMATIC CONSULAR REPRESENTATIVES

Slovenia - Information for Travelers

FUEL
95, 98 and 100 octane unleaded petrol, diesel, gas and elektro chargers
FILLING STATIONS
The main filling stations at border crossings, on motorways and entry points larger towns are open non-stop. Other stations are open from 7.00 to 20.00 Monday to Saturday.
TOLLS
On motorways vignette and toll in the Karavanke tunnel.
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
Tel. 1987 for AMZS services (the Slovenian automobile association). In case of accident call the police, tel. 113. Information on road and traffic conditions is available from the AMZS Information Centre, tel. +386 1 5305 300.
SPEED LIMITS
Motorways 130 km/h
Other roads 80 km/h
PERMITTED BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL
Up to 0.5 g/kg for drivers of private vehicles and motor bikes and 0 g/kg for all professional drivers
RENT-A-CAR, AIR-TAXI
There are car rental agencies in all larger towns.
OTHER IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Police, reporting - accidents and criminal acts - 113
Fire brigade - 112

Slovenia - General Information

TELEPHONING ABROAD
The numbers for calling abroad from Slovenia are:
Austria 0043
Netherlands 0031
Belgium 0032
Switzerland 0041
France 0033
UK 0044
Italy 0039
USA 001
Germany 0049 
CREDIT CARDS
In Slovenia Eurocheque and all major credit cards are accepted, including Euro card, American Express, Visa and MASTER CARD.
HEALTH CARE
Slovenia observes all European standards in its provision of health care. Larger towns have clinical centres or hospitals.
SALES TAX
Foreigners are eligible for a refund of tax on the purchase of goods (except cigarettes and alcohol).
WORKING HOURS
Banks
Mon.-Fri. 09.00-12.00,14.00-17.00
Saturday 09.00:12.00
Shops
Mon.-Fri. 08.00-19.00
Saturday 08.00-13.00
Some shops are also open in the evening and on holidays and Sundays.
HOLIDAYS
1 and 2 January
8 February
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
27 April
1 and 2 May
25 June
15 August
31 October
1 November
25 December
26 December
MAINS ELECTRITY
220 V, 50 Hz
TIME
Slovenia operates on continental European time GMT + 1. In summer local time is GMT + 2

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