Climate & weather in Slovenia
Ljubljana has a polar tundra climate. And in general enjoys the four distinct seasons. The geographical location of the city means the climate has influences from Mediterranean streams, so in the summer this means wonderfully nice hot weather. In the summer during July and August average temperatures reach around 26 degrees Celsius, with 30″ peaks not being out the ordinary. In the winter, we see average temperatures of 0, so not too bad.
Crime in Ljubljana
The crime rate in Ljubljana is very low, and while there are the occasional reported pick pocking in busy touristy areas, it could be said that Ljubljana is one of the safest places in the world.
Culture in Slovenia
Slovenia gained independence in 1981, so in real terms there isn’t as rich a history as some European other countries.
Currency & prices in Slovenia
Slovenia converted to the Euro (EUR) 2007 leaving the tolar behind. In terms of general prices and the cost of living, Slovenia is remarkably cheaper than the neighbouring countries of Italy and Austria, and also somewhat cheaper than Croatia.
Health care in Slovenia
Heath care in Slovenia is equal to that of the health care offered by the advanced countries of Europe. In 2004 Slovenia introduced ‘The European Health Insurance Card’. It is a free card for EU citizens travelling to another Member State. It guarantees a quick and simplified reimbursement of expenses that are incurred locally when you return to the place of residence.
Language & foreign languages in Slovenia
Slovenia is described in Wikipedia as ‘the most complex meeting point of languages in Europe’ because it is the point where Slavic, Germanic, Romance, and Uralic languages combine. Although Slovenian is the national language, Italian and Hungarian are co-official languages, whilst Serbian, Croatian, Albanian, Macedonian, Romano, German and Montenegrin being languages spoken by most immigrants.
In schools, students learn mainly English, Spanish, French, German and Italian, so trying to find somebody who speaks less than one language… it isn’t going happen!!
Smoking in Ljubljana
Slovenia has joined the growing list of countries that have adopted a no smoking policy in public places. All restaurants, cafes and bars follow this rules, however some venues will offer a special smoking area. Caught smoking in a banned area could see a penalty of around €130, be warmed.
Tipping in Ljubljana
Leaving tips isn’t really standard practice in Slovenia, but because if foreigners it is becoming more popular. Of course it is down to the individual, but for good service with a smile a tip of 10 to 15% is acceptable and welcomed.
Travelling around Ljubljana
There is a local bus service Ljubljana, to travel you will need an Urbana tourist card. They can be purchased from the various tourist information centres as well as most street kiosks and post offices. A standard Journey costs 0.80 cents and allows you to swap and change for up to 90 minutes.
There are many a taxi services in Ljubljana, and prices do vary, so we would say to always check prices before departure.
Much like Amsterdam, the bicycle is the preferred form of transport for many and in Ljubljana you can pick up a 2nd hand bike for less than €50. We would without doubt, because Ljubljana is a small city, recommend walking as the best way to get around town, unless of course you need to get outside the city.
Wi-Fi internet connection in Ljubljana
In the city centre and main streets of the Ljubljana, there is usually a strong Wi-Fi connection available. Also, many bars, cafes and hotels offer customers a connection to their networks.