Each year, a growing number of foreign citizens opt for Slovenia not only as a touristic destination but also consider it as their new home. They enter universities, find a job, receive a residence permit and stay there for living. However, such a tendency is not surprising. Slovenia is distinguished by special hospitality and a decent standard of living. Here, you will need much less money than in any other European country. Say nothing of the stunning nature in Slovenia – the Adriatic Sea, picturesque mountains and hills, vineyards, castles, palaces, monasteries, and so on.

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However, numerous immigrants from other countries who come to Slovenia for the purpose of studies or permanent residence are attracted not only by the economic well-being, beautiful nature and a favourable environmental situation (the 5th place in the world ranking for the protection of public health and nature!), but also by the stability and peacefulness, which are a kind of brand identity of Slovenia.

Not all people know that every year since 2007, an international group of experts under the auspices of the Institute for Economics and Peace of the University of Sydney (Australia) has been calculating the Global Peace Index based on internal and external indicators. According to this index, Slovenia ranks 7th among – just think about it! – 163 countries of the world. The top ten most peaceful countries also include Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Canada, Switzerland, and Ireland.

When sending a son or a daughter to study in Slovenia, parents do not need to worry about their safety. In addition to stability in the political aspect, Slovenia is one of the world’s least criminogenic countries. It records an extremely low crime rate and a small number of prisoners. These statistics are confirmed by the entrance doors in houses of many Slovenes, which are as thick as interior doors, and often have decorative inserts made of glass. The practice of installing grates on the windows of the ground floor, familiar to residents of many other countries, causes sincere bewilderment and surprise among Slovenes.

Slovenia will also catch the fancy of the fair sex members. In the global ranking on the observance of women’s rights compiled by American scientists from the Institute for Women, Peace and Security (Georgetown), Slovenia ranks 4th out of 152 countries. Such criteria as the justice system, safety, and the integration of women into public life are taken into account. The first, second and third places are taken by Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland, respectively.

By the way, if, after studying at a Slovenian university, a student decides to stay in this country and start a family, he/she can be calm about the future of children. Thus, American experts from the Save the Children Fund made the End of Childhood Index 2018, according to which Slovenia and Singapore rank first among the countries with the best conditions for raising children thanks to the highest indicators of their health, education, and protection. A total of 175 countries from around the world were taken into account.

Currently, the Spanish scientists from the University of Valencia have measured the “level of happiness” among European countries. They conducted their research relying not on the population polls, but on the official data, which includes indicators of the country’s development, the freedom of its citizens, justice, and solidarity. According to the research results, Slovenia entered the top ten happiest countries in Europe.

It is easy for foreign students to adapt in Slovenia. The proximity of cultures against the background of widespread friendliness, calm and a high level of law and order make your stay in this country comfortable. This is how a former 2TM client, and now a student at a Slovenian university, Daria remembers her move to Slovenia – “I have been in Slovenia since August 2017. My adaptation was very fast. On the first day, I went for a walk around the sun-drenched Ljubljana and rested on a bench in the park near the Ljubljana fortress – that was my first acquaintance with the city. I remember the feeling of serenity and security.” This is how the future architect Andrei describes Slovenia – “Clean air, quiet atmosphere, security, measured rhythm of life, and social activity.

So, if you want to give your son or daughter a European education, but you are worried about their security abroad, feel free to choose Slovenia. Having one of the lowest crime rate rankings and the highest hospitality and peace-loving indices among the local population, Slovenia deservedly occupies a leading place in the list of the most peaceful countries on our planet. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of experiencing it personally!

Svetlana Adinyaeva

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