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Information on Slovenia and its regions

 
 

Sharing international borders with Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary, Slovenia has just over 2 million people living in a total area of a bit over 20,000 square kilometres, roughly the size of Wales. Slovenia is the only country in the world to be shaped like a chicken. It is also the smallest non-island state having a single and unique official language.

At Think Slovenia we divide the country into 11 regions, each of which has something to recommend it and very often its own distinct feel.

Click on regions of the map below for photos and information on each of Slovenia's regions.

A 1 minute guide to Slovenia's geography
The Alps, the Dinarides, the Pannonian Plain, and the Mediterranean; four major European geographic regions meet in Slovenia: The Alps, including the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke chain, as well as the Pohorje massif, dominate Northern Slovenia along its long border with Austria. Slovenia's Adriatic coastline stretches almost 47 kilometres from Croatia to Italy. The southwest of Slovenia contains a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves, the Kras Plateau, between Ljubljana and the Mediterranean. Over half of the country is covered by forests, making Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe. On the Pannonian plain toward the Croatian and Hungarian borders, the landscape is mostly flat. Saying that, the majority of Slovenia is hilly or mountainous, with around 90% of the surface 200 metres or more above sea level and the average over 500 metres. Slovenia's highest peak above sea level is Triglav at 2,864 metres.
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Lonely Planet votes Ljubljana #2 on its "Best of Europe 2014" bucket list
Ljubljana hits top of the charts in so many categories - this time Ljublajana hits No2 spot in Lonely Planet's list of the "best in Europe" - read why!

Slovenia: a modern Ruritania at the crossroads of southern Europe?
Slovenia: A country not only packed with natural wonders and an incredibly scenic variety but also with a very rich history at the cross road of three cultures

Slovenia offers property buyers the best of Europe – at a bargain
The Financial Times thinks "Slovenia offers property buyers the best of Europe - at a bargain" 

Affordable skiing and snowboarding in Slovenia
Fancy skiing but horrified at the price? Slovenia has high quality, low-cost resorts, with great scenery and friendly locals to boot.

One of the most surprising and beautiful places on earth
Slovenia gets a lot of love from "Rough Guides" readers.

Switchback Travel vote Slovenia into their 10 adventure destinations for 2013
Slovenia is described as "a powerhouse for those who love the outdoors" in Switchback's annual adventure travel report

Bled Island Church rated as one of the world's most beautiful
USA Today rates the Church of the Assumption on Bled Island as one of the world's most beautiful churches.

Slovenia makes Fodor's Go list for 2013
Fodor's call Slovenia an undiscovered sliver of Europe with modern style and classic charm.

Slovenia remains in the top 15 most peaceful countries in the world
According to the 2013 Global Peace Index, Slovenia is one of the world's most peaceful countries.

Ljubljana may be Europe's best kept secret
Jay Walljasper of the "Star Tribune" writes how "a much delayed trip to Slovenia's capital reveals an under-the-radar European gem".

Ljubljana shortlisted for European Green Capital 2015
Shortlisted with 3 other European cities Ljubljana is aiming to become Europe's leading Green city for 2015, results to be announced 14.06.13

The Times of London asks "can this be Slovenia?"
Fiona Sims visits Slovenia and is impressed by "cosy lodges, sophisticated cooking and world class wine" and declares it a country "that looks as good as it tastes".

Lonely Planet's "Best value destinations"
Lonely Planet's Best of Travel Report describes Slovenia as being as picture-perfect as Switzerland …. but much smaller and easier on the wallet.

The New York Times discovers Ljubljana's "rich cultural scene" Rachel Doyle is impressed with her 36 hours in Slovenia's capital.

SmarterTravel.com says "words can't do justice" to Lake Bled Lake Bled is picked by smartertravel.com amongst their 27 places in the world "to restore your faith in travel".

Lake Bled - one of the world's 10 most beautiful lakes
Yahoo Travel celebrate the "breathtaking vista" of Lake Bled from its mountain top castle and conclude it is one of the world's most beautiful lakes.

The UK's Daily Mail "falls in love with Slovenia"
Stanley Johnson returns to Slovenia to find a land of "bees, bears, brides and bountiful nature".

Slovenia's Alps and wine country “among the most sustainable and authentic places to visit in Europe”
Slovenia performs outstandingly, coming joint 6th place in a global study of “authenticity and stewardship” by National Geographic Traveler designed to assess the uniqueness of travel destinations

Slovenia - “the most delightful small country of modern Europe”
The Financial Times describes Slovenia as modern Europe's most delightful small country…

Ljubljana voted 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe
In a recent article published by Forbes Magazine, Ljubljana has been voted the 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe, described as a “little Paris” with hints of Art Nouveau - a melting pot of culture at the crossroads of the German, Latin and Slavic worlds.


National Geographic Traveler Magazine is “rendered speechless” by Slovenia’s “sublime landscape”
On a recent tour around the borders of the whole country, Traveler is seduced by stunning landscapes and an intriguing mix of cultures.

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