Slovenian Numbers: Facts About the Country 2024

Slovenia is a very small, but incredibly interesting and diverse country. And, although most guests stop to explore two attractions: Lake Bled and Postojna Cave with Predjama Castle, in my opinion this is a very unfortunate omission! Let's look at some interesting facts about Slovenia in numbers.

2.1 million is the approximate population of Slovenia, making it one of the least populated countries in Europe. Most residents speak Slovenian, although knowledge of English  widely spread: up to 70% of people here speak at least A2 English. There are also bilingual regions: Slovenian-Italian in the southwest, coast and Slovenian-Hungarian in the east. More than 80% of the population are Slovenians. There are also many Italians, Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks living there.

3500-4000 Euro is the approximate cost of a square meter of housing in Ljubljana in 2024. This means that a small 1.5-2 room apartment of 50 square meters will cost about 200 thousand Euro, which is not that cheap. A 100-120 square meters house in a small settlement 20-30 min drive from Ljubljana would be 200-250 thousand Euro. Of course, Ljubljana is the capital and the most expensive place in the country and the cost of housing, for example in Maribor or Celje, can be half the price.

20,273 square kilometers is the area of Slovenia, making it one of the smallest countries in Europe. Only Montenegro and Luxembourg, as well as all "microstates" (Andorra, Monaco, Vatican, etc.) are smaller than Slovenia. However, despite its small size, you can find many natural and historical attractions here. There are so many of them that you can travel around Slovenia for several weeks without any problems.

60% is the share of forested territory in Slovenia. A variety of forests can be found here, including dense coniferous and deciduous forests. The most common species are spruce, fir, beech, oak and hornbeam. In percentage terms, Slovenia is the second most forested country in Europe.

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2864 meters is the height of Mount Triglav, the highest point in Slovenia. It is not only the highest point in Slovenia and the Julian Alps, but also the national symbol of the country. The mountain is located in the Triglav National Park, which was created in 1924 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia, as well as the only national park. Slovenia has several mountain ranges, the main ones being the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke Range.

46 kilometers is the length of the Slovenian coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Here you can find beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and cozy harbors. The Slovenian coast is quite small, but incredibly picturesque! The Mediterranean climate, with its typical vegetation, strikingly distinguishes this area from other parts of Slovenia. Well, local towns (like Piran), vineyards and olive groves add amazing charm to the Slovenian coast.

1700 is the approximate total number of lakes in Slovenia, of which Bled and Bohinj are the most famous. Both lakes are popular tourist spots and offer a variety of activities. The exact number of lakes in the country is a matter of debate and subject to interpretation. But there are definitely a lot of them here and they are extremely picturesque!

80-90 Euro is the approximate average cost of a room for two in Ljubljana or another tourist city in Slovenia in the spring-autumn period. Most often, this price will include breakfast. It will be a little cheaper in winter, and more expensive in summer.

About 400 is the number of castles in Slovenia. The number of castles here is huge and this is especially noticeable given the small size of the country. Very often, from one of the castles you can see the neighboring one. The oldest is Bled Castle on a picturesque cliff above the lake, the most famous and visited is in Ljubljana, and the largest is the former residence of the Counts of Celje in Celje. Standing apart is Predjama Castle, a unique symbol of the country and one of the most photographed attractions in Slovenia.

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5 – number of sites in Slovenia recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among them are Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana, Škocjan caves, and the mercury mines of Idrija. Also, 4 objects are candidates for receiving this status.

3.9 million is the number of foreign tourists visiting Slovenia in 2022. Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the Slovenian economy, making a significant contribution to its development. Of course, when compared with neighboring Croatia, Slovenian tourism is significantly less significant: the share of tourism in GDP is more than 24% in Croatia, versus 10-11% in Slovenia. The figure in 2023 was slightly higher, but there is no exact data yet.

12-15 Euro is the average cost of a dish in a restaurant. There are also quite a lot of places to offer less sophisticated, but tasty and ample foods for 8-10 Euro per portion. In most places, the portions are very generous and one of these is enough to have a full lunch or dinner. Soups will cost 4-6 euros, but seafood lovers will have to add about 20-25% to the estimated cost. A glass of Cvicek wine costs 1.5-2 euros, and a good local teran or orange wine costs 3.5-5 euros. Local beer Laško/Union in a cafe will cost 3-4 euros. A cup of coffee from 1.5 euros and above.

28,000 is the approximate number of wineries in Slovenia. Wine is one of the country's national symbols, and local wines such as Cviček rosé are popular both within and outside the country. It is believed that most Slovenian wine is being drunk within the country, so it is difficult to find local wine outside. Slovenia has three main wine-growing regions, differing significantly in climate, soils and, accordingly, the wines produced.

8.5% is the unemployment rate in Slovenia at the beginning of 2021, making it one of the least unemployed countries in Europe. In addition, Slovenia is one of the most economically developed countries in the region.