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Summary: Slovenia is found in central Europe, touching the eastern Alps and bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia, and is mostly mixed mountains and valleys with numerous rivers to the east. Slovenia, with its historical ties to Western Europe, enjoys a GDP per capita substantially higher than that of the other transitioning economies of Central Europe.

Capital: Ljubljana
Time Zone: DST +0200 UTC
Population: 2,011,473
Languages: Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian, German, English, Italian
Power: 220 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Tolar - Currently 1 SIT = 0.0061 USD $
Climate: Slovenia has a mediterranean climate on the coast, and a continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east.

Ljubljana: The history of the long domination by the Austro-Hungarian Empire is reflected in the architecture of Ljubljana. Find classic Baroque in examples like the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity and the Cathedral of St Nicholas. There are also many beautiful hills and mountains nearby for amateur and professional hikers and climbers.

Kranjska Gora: One of the most notable ski resorts in the Karavanke Mountains and the Julian Alps, Kranjska Gora offers winter sports facilities equal to neighbouring Austria and Italy. With the summer hiking and winter skiing resorts along Zgornjesavska Valley, visitors can even watch Alpine Ski World Championships if they feel their skills are up to par, or take an elk-led sleigh tour of the valley.

Postojna Caves: Possibly Slovenia's main tourist attraction, these caves are a vast labyrinth of grandiose underground passageways and chambers, illuminated by electric light and easily accessible on a narrow-gauge electric train. With more than 12 miles of tunnels and caverns, take the hour and half guided tour to enjoy it.

Hello: When introducing yourself to someone, it is considered a local custom to always shake hands.

Buses: The easiest way to get from one destination to another is by bus. The routes are effective and far reaching enough that inter-city travel is easy this way. Book ahead during the busier times, especially Fridays, to ensure you get a seat.

Culture: Despite the influx of German, Italian and English, most locals still hold on to Slovenian traditions and are boisterous in social gatherings. Few topics are really off-limits, so politics and religion are fair game.

When To Visit: High summer will also bring higher hotel rates and more crowded streets. During the beginning of fall, the season is still warm and inviting, and much of the tourist crowd has left, making for some great hiking on the mountains.

Food: Slovenia's food has been influenced by the countries that surround it. Along with the three S's: sausages, strudels, and schnitzels, you will find risottos, dumplings, and goulashes in the local pubs and inns.

Tipping: Although a service charge is included in most bills, prepare to leave a small tip of about 10 percent.

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