Investments

Bohinj lake. Photo: UKOM archive

Lying at a crossroads of natural trading routes, Slovenia is sometimes also referred to as the revolving door of Europe. A member of the European Union since 2004, Slovenia offers a stimulating and low-risk business environment and represents a bridge between Balkan, Central European and Western European countries, all of which it is connected to by historical and cultural ties.

Slovenia’s position at the heart of Europe, excellent infrastructure and cost-effective support functions suit big and small international companies plotting the course to the markets of East and Southeast Europe.

Foreign investors pick Slovenia for a great variety of reasons.

A well-developed business structure, a competitive and knowledgeable workforce, and favorable access to European markets are excellent reasons to start doing business in Slovenia.

The most important are high business ethics and commitment to quality work, good ties with markets in Western and Southeastern Europe, a central position in Europe and good infrastructure, and last but not least quality of life. The legislation in line with EU standards, simple setting up a business, low taxes, the unrestricted transfer of profit and capital repatriation, the Government's pro-investment stance etc. have created a pro-business climate.

By helping workers to compete in the global market, Slovenian government is supporting employers so that they may retain jobs and increase productivity. The national strategic priorities are designed to support entrepreneurship, give impetus to business internationalisation, and encourage SME innovation and youth entrepreneurship.

Location

Slovenia lies right in the middle of one of the world's most exciting business regions. It sits on the intersection of several of Europe's historical crossroads. Transport by rail and road prevails over air traffic due to Slovenia’s short distances. And Slovenia also has direct access to the sea through the Port of Koper.

In a challenging business landscape, Slovenia is a prime investment location. Foreign investors choose Slovenia for a great variety of reasons. The most important are high business ethics and commitment to quality work, good ties with markets in Western and Southeastern Europe, a central position in Europe and  good infrastructure, and last, but not least, quality of life.

Austria remains the largest investor, followed by Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Slovenian Government seeks to attract investment from other countries in order to bring greater diversity into Slovenian economy.

The financial crises that evolved into a global economic meltdown has overturned Slovenia’s traditionally strong scorecard in unemployment and the number of students enrolled in higher education programmes.

Infrastructure

Črni kal. Photo: Arsen Perić

Slovenia’s geostrategic position at the cross-roads of transport routes, well-developed ITC and physical infrastructure, technological networks and platforms, centres of excellence and clusters as evidence of a high-level innovation activity, make it a location of choice for many types of businesses.

On 1 January 2007 Slovenia adopted the euro as its national currency. Photo: M. Slavec


On 1 January 2007 Slovenia adopted the euro as the national currency. The country entered the euro area with an exchange rate of 239.64 Tolars to the euro, becoming the 13th member of the euro area, and the first of the ten 2004 EU newcomers, to adopt the common European currency.