Slovenia is smaller country sized – 20,273 km2 and home for about 2 million inhabitants. Independent since 1991, Slovenia does not have a majestic history like many larger European nations, but the past is nevertheless important. For many it is surprising that such a small nation, without kings or famous military leaders of its own, could even form, survive and carve out an independent path. But this is the result of the resilience and determination of the Slovene people, whose culture and common language have survived for centuries in this green piece of Europe.
Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.
Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is Bled. With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water.
Capital city: Ljubljana, population: 280,000
Conference town: Bled, population 8122
Bled’s is a mild, healthy sub-Alpine climate with the longest swimming season of any Alpine resort. The ridges of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke protect it from the chilly northern winds. During the summer months there is no fog. Average summer temperature: 18,5 °C
Currency and banking
The official currency unit of Slovenia is the Euro. If you are a citizen of the European Union, there are no restrictions on bringing money into Slovenia. If you are not an EU citizen, you must declare amounts of €10,000 or over.
Cash dispensers – you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day from cash dispensers around the country. Most cash dispensers also accept MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Cirrus and Visa Electron Plus. Slovenia is well provided with cash dispensers. Many of them offer other types of services in addition to cash withdrawals. In small Bled there are 4 ATM Cash machines.
Changing money – bureaux de change, hotel receptions, large shopping centres. Convertible units can be exchanged at the office windows of large banks.
Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, etc.) are generally accepted everywhere.
Though the banks have no standard opening hours, most of them are open from Monday through Friday between 8.30 or 9.00 hrs and 16.30 (or 17.00) hrs. Some banks close their branches at 12.00 pm for one hour.
Slovenia follows the Central European Time Zone (UTC +1) in winter and also follows the Central European Summer Time Zone (UTC +2) in summer, which lasts during the time of the Conference.
The electric sockets used in Slovenia are type F. The main voltage is 230 V.