Slovenia Times

Mon, 4 Mar 2024 10:45:38 +0100
Slovenian community in US buys its historic church
The Slovenian community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has bought the Slovenian-founded St. Joseph's Church from the Catholic Diocese of Allentown. The building has served not only as a religious but also a social centre for the community. Efforts again...

Sun, 3 Mar 2024 09:47:00 +0100
Varis, bathroom specialist aiming to become a multinational
Varis, a Lendava-based business, is one of Europe's three leading makers of ready-made bathrooms, putting out some 4,000 a year. Their ambition is to become a multinational that defines sustainable construction. Celebrating its 45th anniversary last ...

Sat, 2 Mar 2024 17:52:28 +0100
Pogačar wins Strade Bianche in season debut
Slovenian cycling star Tadej Pogačar started off his new season with a resounding win in the Strade Bianche, a 215km race in central Italy's Tuscany region, on 2 March. The 25-year-old UAE Team Emirates rider left his opponents in the dust after att...

Sat, 2 Mar 2024 16:36:59 +0100
High jumper Lia Apostolovski wins indoor world bronze
Track and field athlete Lia Apostolovski won bronze in the high jump event at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow in what is Slovenia's seventh medal at these international competitions. She equalled her personal best with a jump...

Sat, 2 Mar 2024 11:08:00 +0100
Slovenian women successfully warding off obesity
The latest survey on obesity compiled in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows the obesity rate among Slovenian women is the lowest in central Europe, putting the country 162nd in the world. On a more negative note, Slovenia rank...

Sat, 2 Mar 2024 09:30:00 +0100
Slovenian show returns to radio waves in Australia
Slovenians in Australia can now again tune in for a radio show broadcast partly in the Slovenian language after a minority-themed programme was cancelled last year. The new show on a Sydney-based radio station may soon be joined by another aimed at t...

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 15:40:48 +0100
Slovenian mattress producers face high US punitive tariffs
Slovenian producers of mattresses who export their products to the United States face punitive anti-dumping tariffs of almost 745% under preliminary findings issued by the US Department of Commerce in late February. The Department of Commerce has ann...

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 12:23:54 +0100
Križnar sets Lahti hill record for a win
Slovenia has proved to be a ski-jumping powerhouse yet again this season. Nika Križnar won the women's Ski Jumping World Cup event in Finland's Lahti with a new hill record on 1 March. The 23-year-old soared to the 127-metre mark in the first round ...

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 11:55:49 +0100
State prosecutor's home hit by Molotov cocktails
The house of a state prosecutor in the seaside town of Koper was hit by three Molotov cocktails on 25 February in what the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office says appears to have been a planned and organised attack, likely related to her work. The Sup...

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 10:30:40 +0100
Two more WWII-era bombs found in border city
Two unexploded WWII-era aerial bombs have been discovered within less than a week during excavation work for an upgrade of the Nova Gorica train station on the border with Italy, after a similar bomb was found nearby and safely defused in July 2023. ...

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 18:33:43 +0100
Measures taken as doctors escalate strike further
Slovenian doctors have been on strike over pay for almost seven weeks but now some of them will stop working overtime, which is expected to disrupt the public health service further. To help care providers ensure uninterrupted services and protect pa...

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 16:37:51 +0100
EU Commission to decide on Mercator's takeover of Engrotuš
Slovenia's largest retailer Mercator will have to seek the European Commission's approval to take over rival grocer Engrotuš after the Slovenian market regulator found the transaction to be outside its remit. According to the business news portal Fo...

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 12:28:12 +0100
Slovenian Istria in the eyes of those who stayed
Be it for its seascapes, nature, a wealth of outdoor activity opportunities or authenticity of its people, foreigners who have adopted Slovenian Istria as their new home say it is well worth visiting. Tourism organisations from the Slovenian coastal ...

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:53:00 +0100
Last viaduct on Koper-Divača rail track completed
The third and final viaduct of the new Koper-Divača railway has been completed with a ceremony held on 28 February to mark the occasion. The new track is due to open to traffic in 2026. The 620-metre Vinjan viaduct is the first rail viaduct in Slove...

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:46:48 +0100
Opposition leader's visit to Israel raises eyebrows
Opposition leader Janez Janša has caused upset at home by advocating views contrary to Slovenia's official positions during a recent visit to Israel. He is reported to have promised to move Slovenian embassy to Jerusalem if he is to become prime min...

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:39:12 +0100
Endangered harbinger of spring in bloom
A month before Easter, the greater pasque flower, an endangered species in Slovenia, is coming into bloom at what is its largest growth site in the country, some 10 kilometres east of Celje. Hundreds of visitors are expected to admire the flowers ove...

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:36:51 +0100
98-year-old from Nova Gorica travels over 1,000 km to cast her vote
Mercede Porcu, a 98-year-old living in Slovenia's western city of Nova Gorica, travelled more than 1,000 kilometres to cast her vote in the recent regional elections in Sardinia, where she comes from. Knowing nothing about her plans, her relatives re...

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 13:59:59 +0100
Slovenian prison population surging due to migrant smugglers
Slovenian prisons have been overcrowded for years, but the arrests of hundreds of migrant smugglers in recent years have led to a situation when there is not even nearly enough staff or room for all the inmates. A total of 1,808 persons were in priso...

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 16:56:05 +0100
Fuel getting pricier again
Regulated prices of motor fuels in Slovenia are going up again on 27 February. Regular petrol off motorways will now be available at €1.491 per litre over the next two weeks, and diesel will cost €1.523. The latest increase, the third straight up...

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 15:45:35 +0100
Maribor football club punished over fan violence
The Maribor football club has been slapped with severe sanctions following a violent outburst among its fans at the 18 February premier league fixture against Mura which left seven people injured. Maribor were in a 2:0 lead when a stun grenade thrown...

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 13:46:45 +0100
Meat to be grown in labs in Ajdovščina
Having sold his ultra-light aircraft maker Pipistrel to a US company in 2022, the Ajdovščina-based entrepreneur Ivo Boscarol has been exploring new business opportunities. He has recently started a new company to develop and produce cultured meat, ...

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 13:31:15 +0100
New ambassadors picked for some key posts
More than a dozen Slovenian diplomatic and consular missions worldwide will get new heads this year and according to media reports the first of them have already been endorsed, including a new ambassador to China. The process of diplomatic nomination...

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 21:40:45 +0100
Slovenia open EuroBasket qualifying with double win
Slovenia have successfully opened their qualifying campaign for EuroBasket 2025, defeating Ukraine 87:73 on 22 February, and Israel 88:79 three days later. Slovenia hosted both rival teams in Koper at the seaside. In the absence of NBA superstar Luka...

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 09:04:00 +0100
Bicycle-sharing systems ever more popular
Public bike share schemes have been springing up across Slovenia in recent years with ever more towns also offering electric bikes. Bike sharing is increasingly popular too, one of the reasons being it is often the fastest way to go about, making it ...

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:31:11 +0100
Slovenia stands with Ukraine on second anniversary of Russian invasion
A rally in support of Ukraine was held in Ljubljana on the second anniversary of the Russian invasion as Slovenia's most senior politicians reiterated the country's continued commitment to Ukraine and again condemned Russian aggression. The rally, or...

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 08:37:00 +0100
Luka Koper reports lower 2023 profit on flat sales
Luka Koper, the operator of Slovenia's sole maritime port, is looking back at a successful year despite having its net profit slashed by almost a quarter due to higher costs and a drop in storage fees revenue as a result of stabilisation of global lo...

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 21:06:55 +0100
Slovenia stresses Palestinians' right to self-determination in ICJ hearing
Slovenia stressed the right of Palestinians to self-determination as it presented its position at the International Court of Justice on 23 February as part of proceedings in which the UN General Assembly is seeking the court's advisory opinion on the...

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 15:16:08 +0100
Slovenian researchers discover hyenas hunt small birds
Researchers from the Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty have discovered a new feeding behaviour in spotted hyenas who have taken a liking for songbirds. The researchers studied the hyenas and published their findings in the American scientific journal Fo...

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 13:07:01 +0100
President calls European Parliament election for 9 June
President Nataša Pirc Musar has issued a writ for election of Slovenian members of the European Parliament on 9 June. Parties or candidate lists will be able to submit their bids starting from 11 March. This time Slovenian voters will elect nine MEP...

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 11:26:05 +0100
Neurosurgeon wins damages in Strasbourg over Israeli case
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Slovenia to pay neurosurgeon Vinko Dolenc €390,000 in pecuniary damages plus costs and expenses because Slovenian courts had recognised Israeli court judgements where Dolenc was found liable for dam...

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 08:40:58 +0100
Incentives for foreign investors to be facilitated
Foreign investors based in the EU will be able to apply for state incentives even before they have registered a company or established a subsidiary in Slovenia but will have to register it by the time they receive the incentive, under legislative cha...

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 18:32:09 +0100
EU Parliament's election leaflet upsets Slovenia
Slovenia has lodged a protest with the European Parliament over an EU election leaflet available at its press event in which the country is marked as a non-EU member. Leaflets from the European Parliamentary Research Service on its What Europe Does f...

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 17:11:49 +0100
Government approves funds for UNRWA and Gaza aid
Slovenia will provide €500,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and send €434,105 worth of material aid to the Palestinian civilian population, in line with a decision made by the government on 22 February. The...

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 16:37:45 +0100
Slovenia a target of banking Trojan horse
Slovenia is among the targets of the Anatsa trojan horse, according to researchers of a malware detection company ThreatFabric. Users download the malware app on their phones, from where it can be used to break into other phone apps, most commonly ba...

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 16:20:53 +0100
Another cave rescue successfully accomplished
Slovenian cave rescuers have completed yet another successful mission as they managed to pull an injured caver out of a cave near Kočevje in the south of the country on 22 February. The caver sustained injuries after slipping and plunging about six ...

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 15:16:43 +0100
NLB bank reports 23% higher profit for 2023
Slovenia's largest banking group NLB posted €550.7 million in net profit in 2023, up 23% on the year before. Net operating income was up by 37% to €1.09 billion. Profit before impairments and provisions increased by 75% to €591.4 million, accor...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 17:01:06 +0100
Rally in Ljubljana calls for release of Assange
Human rights activists and journalists were among a group of protesters that staged a rally in support of Julian Assange in front of the UK embassy in Ljubljana on 21 February as the hearing on a possible extradition of the Wikileaks founder to the U...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 11:08:05 +0100
Piran Maritime Museum turns 70
The Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum has updated one of its permanent collections at its central location in the 19th century Gabrielli Palace in the seaside town of Piran as part of the celebrations of its 70th anniversary this year during which the m...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:05:00 +0100
Public given tool to look for links between politicians
A Slovenian investigative journalism non-profit has developed an interactive visualisation tool that enables the public to find out about the career paths of active ministers, state secretaries and members of parliament and see how they link to each ...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:43:04 +0100
Banking 2023 profit tops €1 billion
Banks in Slovenia posted €1.14 billion in pre-tax profit in 2023, more than double the figure the year before. Net profit increased by 119% to €1.10 billion, figures released by he central bank show. Net interest income increased by 93% on 2022 t...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:56:25 +0100
Foreign Ministry summons Russian ambassador
The Slovenian Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador Timur Eyvazov over the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon said Slovenia called on Russia to allow an international and independent investigation i...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:51:46 +0100
Country shocked by football fan violence incident
In an incident without precedent in Slovenian sports history, things got seriously out of hand among the ranks of the Maribor ultras during a football premier league game in Murska Sobota on 18 February. Five players and an assistant coach of the hom...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:55:48 +0100
Maiden retail bond issue proves successful
Three-year bonds offered by the Slovenian treasury to domestic retail investors have attracted subscriptions in excess of €258 million. Despite initially planning a €250 million issue, the treasury will meet the demand. Finance Minister Klemen Bo...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:17:47 +0100
Slovenia's biggest entrepreneur-owned firms
Emissions trader Belektron is by far the biggest Slovenian entrepreneur-owned company in terms of sales revenue, having generated €3.16 billion in 2022, according to the first ever ranking of enterprises and groups owned by entrepreneurs who employ...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:17:19 +0100
Emergency dispatchers go on strike
Slovenian emergency dispatchers went on strike over pay and working conditions on 19 February. Dispatch services accessible via 112 emergency number will operate without disruption, but some administrative activities will be affected during the strik...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 09:01:00 +0100
Brežice to host European Youth Event
Brežice, a small town in eastern Slovenia, has been picked to host the European Youth Event (EYE) in May alongside Berlin, Vilnius and Italy's Forli. The event brings together young people from all over the EU to discuss topical issues and share and...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 17:11:27 +0100
Doctors remove stomach of wrong patient after mix-up
Doctors at the Ljubljana Oncology Institute removed the stomach of a wrong patient late last year due to a mix-up of tissue samples at a private diagnostics provider. The institutions involved confirmed the incident on 16 February after a news portal...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 16:45:23 +0100
Slovenia's officials see Navalny's death as blow to democracy
Slovenia's top officials have expressed shock and sadness at the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, describing it as a major blow to democracy, freedom and human rights. "This is a heart attack on democracy in Russia," Presiden...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 08:55:00 +0100
Remains of ancient harbour found near Portorož
Bernardin and Portorož are among Slovenia's busiest seaside resorts, but it is less known that the stretch of the coast and sea between them holds an important archaeological site. After discovering the remains of an ancient settlement and a fish fa...

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:25:17 +0100
Slovenia not considering conscription for now
As some European countries have decided to reintroduce mandatory military service in recent years and others are considering the option, Slovenia is "not that far yet", Defence Minister Marjan Šarec says. Speaking to reporters after a NATO ministeri...

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