About the Introduction of the euro on 1 January 2007
Slovenia will be the first of the new EU member states to introduce the euro, and it will thereby become the thirteenth member of the European Monetary Union to take part in the advantages of using the single currency. Some of these advantages will be obvious: abolishing currency exchange fees and ending the problem of fluctuating exchange rates, for example. Some other benefits of the single currency will only begin to show themselves after some time, for example better competitiveness on financial markets and better investment opportunities.
I’d like to say a few words in Slovene, can you suggest a few everyday phrases?
The most commonly heard greeting is ´Dober dan’ (good day) or ´Živijo´ (`jee-veo’) and ´Na svidenje´ (nas-vee-den-ye) for goodbye.
In a restaurant you’ll often hear `prosim’, which is the equivalent of please, and when served a meal or a drink, you may like to respond ´hvala’, thank-you, (hv-arla).
Yes (da) and no (ne) are always useful in any language and for a visit to the shops and markets you may like to know ´koliko stane’ – how much is (kol-iko starnay).
Is it possible to travel from the airport to my onward destination by public transport?
Slovenia’s public transport system is unfortunatelly not as comprehensive as public transport in other EU countires as most people use their cars, which means it’s better to hire a car to travel around Slovenia, or take a taxi if you’re staying in Ljubljana. Ljubljana (Brnik) airport is located almost equidistant from Bled and Ljubljana. There is no rail connection from the airport into Ljubljana, so those wanting to connect to the coastal resorts, or to Bled, Bohinj or Kranjska Gora should first travel to Ljubljana or Kranj by taxi or bus. There are some bus transfers for a small charge into the centre of Ljubljana. To play a journey by train visit http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/ or call 00386 1 29 13 332 or by bus call 00386 1 234 46 00 or visit http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/.
How is Tourist Board organised at the headquarters and internationally?
The Slovenian Tourist Board is a major national tourist organization for planning and performing the promotion of our country as the tourist destination abroad and in Slovenia and also for enhancing the development of existing and new products at a national level, for establishment of the integral tourist information infrastructure and for coordination of state, regional and local tourist programmes of national importance.