Getting there: Located in central Europe, and bordering Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, Slovenia is easy to reach with good road and rail links, and daily flights to its main international airport, Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), 27 kilometres north of Ljubljana. As a maritime nation, Slovenia can also be reached by sea.
Capital city: Ljubljana.
Population: 2.071 million.
Religion: Roman Catholicism.
Language: Slovenian, Hungarian, Italian.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Climate: A mixture of continental (in the north-east lowlands), alpine (in the mountains) and mediterranean (the coast) climates with warm dry summers and fairly cold winters.
Transport: Travel around Slovenia by public bus or train. In larger cities and towns hire bicycles are also available to discover the many interesting corners of the country.
Best time to travel: Snowy winters and warm summers allow year-round fun. Mid-June is the start of high summer season, but entails higher prices and bigger crowds.
What to wear: Slovenians dress quite smartly, but casual is acceptable too. If planning to indulge in any of the many outdoor activities on offer here, bring one’s own specialist gear.