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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Roman Kirn
Embassy: 2410 California Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: [1] (202) 386-6601
Fax: [1] (202) 386-6633

Consulate(s) in:
Cleveland
1111 Chester Av., Suite 520
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 589-9220

Consulate(s) General in:
New York
600 3rd Av., 21st Floor,
New York, NY 10016.
(212) 370-3006, FAX (212) 370-3581

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Joseph A. Mussomeli
Embassy: Presernova 31, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 254, Presernova 31, 1000 Ljubljana
Telephone: [386] (1) 200-5500
Fax: [386] (1) 200-5555


The Embassy of Slovenia in Washington DC
U.S Embassy Web Site in Slovenia


FOREIGN RELATIONS

U.S.-SLOVENIA RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Slovenia in 1992 following its independence from Yugoslavia. The United States and Slovenia work together actively on a number of fronts and have developed strong, cooperative relations on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. Slovenia is an important partner in advancing the shared goal of regional political and economic stability. The United States supported Slovenia's entrance into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other Euro-Atlantic agreements and institutions.

The two countries worked closely to resolve succession issues stemming from the breakup of Yugoslavia. Slovenia provided invaluable assistance to the United States and NATO by facilitating the deployment of peacekeeping forces to Bosnia after the conclusion of the 1995 Dayton accords. With strong U.S. support, Slovenia has developed the International Trust Fund as the demining instrument of choice in the Balkans and has expanded operations to include other areas.

The United States works with the Slovenian military to promote greater cooperation and interoperability with NATO forces. Slovenia’s military personnel work alongside U.S. and international forces on stabilization and reconstruction efforts around the globe. Slovenia has deployed troops in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, and Somalia. Slovenia’s peacekeeping troops and contributions to international security operations help bolster stability specifically in the Western Balkans, but also strengthen common defense against transnational terrorism more broadly.

U.S. Assistance to Slovenia

U.S. security assistance seeks to help Slovenia maintain its position as a positive and stabilizing influence in southeastern Europe, and to help its forces to further modernize as Slovenia qualitatively increases its participation in NATO missions further abroad. Earlier assistance to promote the development of democratic institutions and a market economy was phased out as Slovenia achieved its EU status.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Slovenia is a member of the European Union (EU). The United States has worked to develop bilateral trade and investment with Slovenia, although U.S. investments in Slovenia have been modest. U.S. companies looking to do business in Slovenia face a challenging environment, particularly if they are interested in selling goods and services to the government. The public procurement process, although compliant with most EU regulations and international treaties, has been the focus of bilateral efforts to improve transparency and establish stronger regulations. The United States and Slovenia have signed a reciprocal taxation treaty. Slovenia participates in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Slovenia's Membership in International Organizations

Slovenia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Slovenia also is an observer to the Organization of American States.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia is Joseph A. Mussomeli; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Slovenia maintains an embassy in the United States at 2410 California Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008; tel. (202) 386-6601.

More information about Slovenia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Slovenia Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Slovenia Page
U.S. Embassy: Slovenia
History of U.S. Relations With Slovenia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies (see Yugoslavia (Former))
Travel and Business Information




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Slovenia check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (SIT) Tolar
Electrical 220 Volts
Telephones Country Code 386, City Code, Ljubljana 1+7D, Maribor 2+7D, Celje 3+7D



Food & Drink: Slovenia’s national cuisine shows an Austro-German influence with sauerkraut, grilled sausage and apple strudel often appearing on menus. The best-known Slovene foods are the breads made for special occasions which appear in the form of braided loaves or wreathes, the struklji stuffed with sweet fillings, meat or vegetables. Another Slovene speciality is potica, a dessert prepared with a wide variety of fillings. The western and northeastern parts of Slovenia are known for their outstanding white wines (Laski, Renski Rizling and many others). The south is the homeland of the light, russet-coloured cvicek wine. The Adriatic Coast and the Karst region have mainly red karstteran wine.

Shopping:
Attractive local gifts include bobbin lace, crystal glass and speciality wines.

Shopping hours: Mon-Fri 0800-2000, Sat 0800-1500.

Nightlife: There is a wide selection of theatres, cinemas, casinos and nightclubs in the larger towns. Ljubljana also has a good opera house and the symphony orchestra plays regularly in the Big Hall of the Cultural and Congress Centre.

Social Conventions: Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting. Usual European social conventions apply and informal dress is widely acceptable. Smoking is prohibited on public transport, in cinemas, theatres, public offices and in waiting rooms.

Tipping: Ten per cent is generally expected in hotels, restaurants and for taxis.

Climate: Continental climate with warm summers and cold winters (snowfalls in the Alps). Mediterranean climate on the coast.

Required clothing: Mediumweight clothing and heavy overcoats in winter; lightweight clothing and raincoats for the summer, particularly for the higher Alpine north.

Currency: Slovene Tolar (SIT) = 100 stotins. Notes are in denominations of SIT10,000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of SIT10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 stotins.

Currency exchange:
The Tolar is fully convertible within Slovenia, but visitors are advised to exchange surplus amounts to the currency of their choice before leaving Slovenia, as it is not generally exchangeable elsewhere. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, supermarkets, petrol stations, tourist agencies and exchange bureaux.

Credit & debit cards: American Express, MasterCard, EuroCard and Visa are accepted at upmarket establishments; elsewhere cash is preferred. Credit cards can be used to get cash advances from banks.

Travellers cheques: Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros, US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1230 and 1400-1700. Some branches open Sat 0830-1200 for payments and withdrawals.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Tobacco.....200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

Liquor........1 litre of spirits; 2 litres of wine

Perfume.....50ml perfume; 250ml of eau de toilette

Gifts...........Up to the value of us$78 each

Cameras....No restriction

Film...........Reasonable for personal use



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