Croatia Times Travel
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Facts & Information

Official Language: Slovene (Latin alphabet) English widely spoken   slovenia-flag
1,964,036 (2001 census)
Ljubljana (271,885 inhabitants)
Surface Area: 20,152 Km2 with an additional 300 Km2 of territorial waters
Coastline: 43 Km
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic
Type Of Government: Parliamentary Democracy (multi party parliamentary republic)
Monetary Unit: Euro (EUR)
Climate: The climate of Slovenia can be described as a typically European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters, while the coastal areas and the lowlands in the south have a Mediterranean influenced climate. In summer daytime temperatures reach 20-25°C, but sometimes quite higher, 30°C or more. In most of the time is dry weather with sunny spells, although sometimes heavy Thunderstorms can occur at the end of the day, especially in the mountainous regions. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 22°C. Annual precipitation varies from 400 mm in the southern lowland areas, and up to 1000 mm in the mountainous regions. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around zero in the north, but in some cases winter months can be very cold with temperatures far below zero and strong, cold northeasterly winds, called Bora, especially in the mountainous regions, where the weather is strongly influenced by the nearby Alps. Heavy snowfall or even snowstorms are also possible on some days there; the yearly average number of days with snow is less than 40 in the low-land regions and up to 120 days in the mountainous regions of Slovenia. In the coastal areas long-lasting frost periods and snow are quite seldom because of the influence of the warm water temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea.
Travel Documents: Valid passport required. New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa if staying under 90 days.
Driving: Right-hand side of road. Valid driving license is required, as well as valid documents for the car, and a green insurance card.
To / From Slovenia: Air: Slovenia access is made daily with regular flights into Slovenia from many major European gateways.
Land: It is possible to drive in to Slovenia from any of the neighbouring countries (Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia).
Sea: Crossings operate from Venice in Italy to Piran.
Opening Hours: Shops:
Mon–Fri 7.00 am to 9.00 am – 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Sat 7.00 am to 9.00 am – 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Sun 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (large shopping centres)
Mon–Fri 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
(Some banks close at 12.00 pm for one hour)
Post Offices:
Mon–Fri 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sat 8.00 am – 12.00 pm
(Some post offices are also open later)
Mon–Fri 7.00 am – 7.00 pm
Sat 7.00 am – 1.00 pm
(Large towns have a pharmacy that is open 24 hours)
2016 Public Holidays: 01 January – New Year’s Day
02 January – New Year’s Holiday
08 February – Culture Day
27 March – Easter Sunday
28 March – Easter Monday
27 April – Resistance Day
01 May – May Day
02 May – May Day Holiday
15 May – Whit Sunday
25 June – National Day
15 August – Assumption Day
31 October – Reformation Day
01 November – All Saints’ Day
25 December – Christmas Day
26 December – Independence Day
Important Phone No’s: Telephone Code +386
Police 113
Medical & Fire 112
Assistance on the roads 1987
Other Information: Time zone: GMT plus one hour in winter & GMT plus two hours in summer
Electricity: Voltage of city power grid – 230V, frequency 50HZ