LJUBLJANA, the capital, is a vital city which is developing with a clear vision, putting the quality of life at the forefront. Although, with 280.000 residents, it does not rank among the major European capitals and large cities, it combines in fact many facilities and services of a metropolis with the relaxed ambience and safety of smaller towns.
The city economy has always been quite heterogeneous, enabling it to adapt rapidly to the ever-changing environment of the world economy. Ljubljana's industrial companies are among the major Slovenian exporters. The capital accounts for 25% of Slovenia's Gross Domestic Product and has maintained a constant orientation toward long-term international business cooperation. This process has even intensified with Slovenia's membership in the European Union, since it is perceived as a convenient springboard to develop business in South-East Europe.
The city's architecture, a harmonic blend of medieval Old Town, Baroque, Art Nouveau and newer styles as well as the lively events agenda and café society have made Ljubljana a destination under growing demand. Its feeling of youthful energy can be attributed to 60,000 university students and is reflected in the dynamic alternative arts production that complements a myriad of events in the framework of institutional culture running throughout the year.
Ljubljana has been actively present on the European conference map formore than thirty years. Its positioning has been supported by the strong scientific potential generated by the Ljubljana University, which is sided by a host of research and scientific institutes (Jožef Stefan Physics Institute, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, UNESCO Centre of Chemical Studies, etc.). Just as important when quoting Ljubljana's assets as a meetings destination are the active participation of our scientists and other experts in international associations, the inclusion of Slovenia and its representatives in international, intergovernmental and professional organisations, the stable economic and political situation of the country and its central geographic position in Europe.
The capital has been and continues to be the motor behind the development of Slovenia's meetings market. An increasing awareness of the potential of this lucrative sector has spurred a further expansion and improvement of its infrastructure and services in the recent years. Modern / functional meeting facilities and state-of-the-art technical equipment, professional know-how, a good choice of event space for social functions complemented by an excellent catering offer and other services ensure that events are carried out according to plan. On top of this, the feeling of well being, safety, relaxed efficiency and warm hospitality are often quoted as the lasting impressions that conference delegates and business executives carry from Ljubljana.
In June 2014, Ljubljana received among five finalists the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2016, awarded by the European Commission. Its sustainable development is defined in a strategic document spanning the period until 2025, focusing on the protection of the environment, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy provision and electro-mobility. The European Green Capital title is putting Ljubljana on the map as one of the European cities that are aware of the significance of environmental and social sustainability and are taking concrete measures to address issues in this field.
Both Slovenia and Ljubljana are regarded as very safe destinations. The general level of security is high, as stated in surveys conducted by official institutions / government agencies in the international sphere.
Regarding health services, Ljubljana is in very good standard in case any medical assistance would be required. Ljubljana has a renowned University Medical Centre and fluent communication with doctors and other staff in English is a common standard.