Slovenia

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Agencija VanGogh d.o.o. Glavni trg 17, Maribor - Slovenija

Phone: +386 2 234 5220

E-Mail: ivo@agencija-vangogh.si

Web site: http://www.agencija-vangogh.si/index.php

Contact picture Founded: 1990
C.E.O: Ivo Mulec, Ph.D.
Managed by: Ivo Mulec, Ph.D..
Number of staff: 5
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Serbian, Slovenian


Slovenia is a country in southern Central Europe bordering Italy to the west, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, Croatia to the south and east, Hungary to the northeast, and Austria to the north. The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana.



The population of Slovenia on 30.06.2006 was estimated at 2,008,516 in 20,273 kilometers², which placed it as number 142 in population among the 193 nations of the world.



The official language is Slovenian, which is a member of the South Slavic language group. Hungarian and Italian enjoy the status of official languages in the ethnically mixed regions along the Hungarian and Italian borders.



As the first of the ten new members that joined the EU in the year 2004, Slovenia has adopted the Euro as its official currency from 1.1.2007.



In Slovenia, you can experience amazing contrasts in the same day: a morning swim in the Adriatic, followed two hours later by skiing below Alpine peaks, then an adventurous discovery of Karst subterranean phenomena and an invigorating bath in a thermal spring; an encounter with history in a lively mediaeval city and, not far away, a more solitary stroll through primeval forests or undulating, winegrowing hills.



Slovenia offers many tourist attractions such as the Skocjan Caves declared as UNESCO World Heritage Centre, as well there are other places of great beauty:



• The impressive Postojna Caves.



• The famous Lipica stud farm.



• Its charming coast towns of Piran, Portoroz, Izola and Koper.



• The scenic town of Bled in the Julian Alps.



• Ljubljana, the beautiful 2008 European Union Capital.



• Its wine cellars and traditional restaurants.



• Its castles, monasteries, museums and more...!



The Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian national park. It was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the Julian Alps, also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). It extends along the Italian border, close to the Austrian border and covers 880 km². Attractive mountain landscape surprises with its diversity and offers to the visitors an amazing view on the high peaks, valleys, lakes, forests and endless meadows. Between the mountains and emerald waters lies a valley of river Soca, the most exquisite of Slovenia's rivers; mighty peaks, sheep and goat pastures criss-crossed with trails, and enchanting streams, rivers, and waterfalls weave together an abundance of pleasures to be experienced in both winter and summer. Visitors, approaching the river as hikers or observers, by kayak or with the intention of capturing a famous Soca trout, are discovering a part of nature which has to be protected as still today it is preserved in almost the same state as it was in ancient times.



Pohorje and the Maribor region is a green oasis on the eastern end of the Alps. Maribor Pohorje covers an area of about 1000 km² and is covered with coniferous forests; there are competitions for the World Cup in alpine skiing for women on Maribor Pohorje. Near Ptuj, in Prlekija region, the picturesque wine road is leading to Jeruzalem inviting for a tasting of the delicious local wines in numerous wine cellars.