Live and work

Free movement of workers applies between Slovenia and all EU member states. If you are a citizen of an EU member state, a work permit is not required to enter the Slovenian labour market, and you can apply for job vacancies under equal conditions. If you are a citizen of a third country that is not an EU member state, you may gain employment in Slovenia only on the basis of a work permit, which is issued in accordance with Slovenian national legislation.

In this section more information regarding the working and living conditions in Slovenia can be found.

Slovenian way of life

Over a third of the population lives in towns and cities of more than ten thousand inhabitants. Slovenia’s largest city is its capital, Ljubljana. Other major cities are Maribor, Celje, Koper and Novo mesto. Most people can enjoy some advantages of both rural and urban lifestyles at the same time. Slovenians like to build holiday homes in natural settings, away from urban areas, in order to improve the quality of life.

A great majority of Slovenians live in their own flats or houses and the share of homeowners is among the highest in Europe. Households are not large: a third of the population lives in four-member households, and over a fifth in three-member households. Recently, the share of those living as couples or alone has increased considerably.

Sport is important; Slovenians are traditionally very keen on mountain hiking and climbing. There is a great variety of mountaineering options. The mountain hiking trails are well-tended and marked. No wonder that Slovenia's highest mountain, Mount Triglav (2,864 meters or 9,396 feet), became a symbol of Slovenia.

All outdoor activities are very popular. Increasingly, people want to stay fit, and out of all outdoor activities, walking, cycling, jogging and other sports practiced by health-conscious people are very popular. Every Slovenian town has its ‘home summit’, which is usually a small mountain popular with the locals.


Secure old age for all generations

October 2010

Slovenia is facing a new reform of the pension system. On 9 September, the Government approved the draft compulsory pension insurance act and sent it for parliamentary discussion. There are widely divergent opinions among the...

Modernisation of the Pensions System in Slovenia

November 2009

The basic aims of the modernisation of the pension system are decent and adequate pensions, the financial sustainability of the pensions system for future generations, an increase in the share of active insured persons,...