On 1 January 2007 Slovenia adopted the euro. Photo: Primož Lavre

The nineties were marked by economic progress typical of the more successful transition countries, and the transition to a market economy was relatively painless.

At home and abroad, Slovenian companies have celebrated numerous successful and highly innovative products. Ever heard of Elan skis , the ones used by skiing champions? Or Seaway sailing boats and Pipistrel ultra light aircraft ? Or perhaps the brilliantly designed Gorenje household appliances ?  And numerous other small, but highly innovative companies. Their products are persistently breaking into foreign markets and lends a boutique-type quality to Slovenia's economy.

The economy is geared towards services, and Slovenia can boast top-class services in the field of information technology. It also has developed pharmaceutical and automobile manufacturing.

Other major economic sectors include the food industry, electrical devices, metal processing and chemicals. Meanwhile tourism is becoming an increasingly important sector.


Vanguard from under Karavanke

January 2012

Elan with amfibia ski and Seaway with its series of Greenline Hybrid ecological vessels – both innovations have helped these two companies maintain their reputation as progressive – almost vanguard – manufacturers.

Slovenia's most important foreign investors are Austria, Germany and Italy

December 2011

Interest in foreign investments in our country is growing despite the crisis, and is now more intense than in recent years. The companies most interested hail from Italy and Austria, which is the largest foreign investor in...

Foreign investment – a vital source of capital for future development

December 2011

'It is now the right time to consider how to encourage foreign investment as this will be a key factor in any future economic policy. At this time of crisis, the stability of the business environment and commercial relations is...