Today, on 25 June, the residents of Slovenia celebrate their national holiday – the Day of Statehood. On this day, 27 years ago, the Declaration on the Independence of Slovenia was adopted. The document became the legal basis for its secession from Yugoslavia.
The achievements of these almost three decades are as follows: as compared to 1991, the population of Slovenia became older, but people began to live 8 years longer; the GDP of Slovenia increased 4 times from 5,100 euros in 1991 to 21,000 euros in 2017. The country is visited annually by 3.5 times more tourists than 27 years ago.
According to statistics, in 2017, the population of the country made approximately 2 million 66 thousand people including 959 thousand able-bodied persons, 67 thousand unemployed persons, 730 thousand unemployables, and 309 thousand children under 15.
Today, a Slovene spends 18 minutes to earn money enough for 1 kilogram of black bread (in 1991 – 27 minutes), 7 minutes to earn for 1 kilogram of wheat flour (in 1991 – 16 minutes), 9 minutes to earn for 1 litre of homemade milk (in 1991 – 15 minutes), 9 minutes to earn for 1 kilogram of sugar (in 1991 – 27 minutes), 1 hour 18 minutes to earn for 1 kilogram of ground coffee (in 1991 – 5 hours 2 minutes), 1,925 hours to earn for a new Renault Clio car (in 1991 – 3,702 hours).
Over 27 years, the country has changed two official currencies. In 1991, the Yugoslav dinar was replaced by the Slovenian tolar, which, in turn, was replaced by the euro in 2007 after the country joined the Eurozone.
For all the years of independence, Germany has remained the most important foreign trade partner of Slovenia. For 26 years, the trade turnover with Austria, the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Russia and China has grown most significantly. The main trading partners of Slovenia are Italy, Germany, Austria, Croatia and China.
For the years of independence, the quality of life of the Slovenes has improved. In particular, the attitude towards household waste and organic farming has changed. Today, about 70% of all household waste is disposed in the country. In 2000, there were 115 eco-farms in Slovenia, and in 2016, the number grew to 2,933 eco-friendly farms.
On 1 January 1991, the average age of a Slovene was 35.9 years, and in 2018 – 43.2 years. The number of children under the age of 15 has significantly decreased, while the number of pensioners aged 65 and over has grown. As a result, in 2017 the number of pupils in basic schools was 44 thousand persons fewer than in 1991.
In 1991, Slovenia recorded 1.4 million tourist arrivals, and in 2017 – 4.9 million arrivals. Last year, the majority of overnight stays were created by tourists from Italy, Germany and Austria. In 2017, tourists from non-European countries made 13% of overnight stays among all foreign tourists. As compared to 2016, the number of overnight stays made by tourists from China increased most significantly in percentage terms (37%), and the number of overnight stays made by tourists from Israel (17%) decreased most significantly.
The 2TM Company congratulates all the inhabitants of Slovenia on the national holiday and wishes peace, prosperity and well-being!