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Slovenia

Population: 1,927,593

Literacy rate: NA

Life expectancy at birth: male – 70.97 yrs, female – 78.97 yrs

Infant mortality rate: 4.56 deaths/1,000 live births

Population growth rate: 0.12%

GDP growth rate: 3.5%

GDP per capita: £7,300

Unemployment: 7.1%

Inflation: 6.3%

TI index: 5.5

Climate: Mediterranean climate on the coast, continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaux and valleys to the east.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz.

Websites:The Slovenian Yellow Pages are at http://yellow2.eunet.si/yellowpage/a/ayellow.html

Slovenia has managed to stay out of the mess that the rest of ex-Yugoslavia and has been able join the EU at the last phase of enlargement. The only criticisms levelled were at the rigidity of the administration and the economy. Slovenia’s future looks to be one of steadily increasing prosperity.

The cost of living is low. Slovenia seems to have been unjustly ignored as a good place for tourists.

This has always been one of the more prosperous regions of the Balkans. There is heavy industry, mining and manufacture – all in all a relatively healthy economy. There are none of the religious and ethnic conflicts that afflict the rest of ex-Yugoslavia – the great majority of Slovenes are Catholics. A great deal of the country is forest, but there are also some mountainous areas. You are closer to Italy, Austria and Hungary than to the nutters further south.

Food is more German than anything else, with sauerkraut and sausages. Beer excellent.

Entry requirements

Working on a tourist visa is usually OK. This is unofficial but is what people usually do.

Vaccinations

Nothing special here.

Tax and Insurance

Tax will depend on status and experience. Health insurance is a good idea if you are not a UK national - if you are, you will have access to some medical and dental care.

Gap Year Programmes

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