Slovenia is a country in central Europe. Some quick facts about Slovenia, it is known for its mountains, outdoor recreations, and beautiful ski resorts. The country operates a unitary, parliamentary, constitutional republic. The official language of Slovenia is Slovene. Slovene ethnic group makes up 83% of the population.
Population: 2.06 million (2013) World Bank
Official language: Slovenian
Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic
President: Borut Pahor
Prime Minister: Miro Cerar
Cool Facts About Slovenia
Here are 12 more cool facts about Slovenia which you will enjoy to read.
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1. FAMILY CLOSENESS
To Slovenians, family is the bedrock of the social structure. In fact, in the past, generations of a family would live together under one roof or in the same building. However, the present rural-urban drift is beginning to undermine this.
2. HOME LOVERS
Slovenians see their home as an extension of themselves. Therefore the idea of home means a lot to them. When not working, they engage in “home” activities, such as gardening. Little wonder Slovenia is known for its flowery home surroundings. Cool, right?
3. THEY CHANGE EASILY
Slovenians are culturally polycentric people. What this means is that they easily change or alter their natural behaviour to suit or even mirror that of the person with whom they are interacting. Simply put, they are very willingly adaptable. Would you say that too is not cool?
4. INDIRECT COMMUNICATION
Naturally or culturally, Slovenians prefer the indirect communication to the direct system. But because they are so polycentric, they can adapt to your direct communication style so fast you would think that is their nature.
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5. POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE
Their being polycentric is a virtue because it makes it easy for one to interact with them. But the cool part is that in some way it gives you more work to do in getting to know a Slovenian’s real character. This is because you can’t know when he is just adapting or is being natural.
6. EYE CONTACT
Eye contact means a lot to the average Slovenian. When greeting and shaking hands, eye contact is maintained all through. Same is the case when you are being introduced to someone. Eye contact tells them you are an honest person.
7. GIFT GIVING
Slovenians have a culture of gift giving. Gifts are generously given at Christmas and birthday times. But the really cool part is that usually, the value of the gift really does not matter to the people. What matters to them is the thought that prompted the gift.
8. HONORING AN INVITATION
When invited to a meal in the home of a Slovenian, take along flowers and a bottle of wine as appreciation. Take off your shoes at the door. It is cool to know that you will usually be given slippers to wear while inside. It is bad manners to go in with your shoes.
9. PLEASURE IS PLEASURE
Slovenians tend to separate business from pleasure. Therefore, when honoring a meal invitation, do not bring up business talks during the meal. The cool fact is, mealtime is strictly for eating and chit-chatting. Bringing up a business talk is bad manners.
Slovenians are culturally egalitarian. That means they view everyone as equal. Their indirect style of communication, however, tends to belie the egalitarian claim. Fortunately though, their polycentric culture makes up for it.
Slovenians are not confrontational people by nature. This is well supported by their indirect style communication where they prevaricate and beat about the bush just to keep from giving offense. This same style is used in business talks.
12. COOL AND EASY
The people are polite, soft spoken, and hardly ever raise their voices when conversing. In like manner, they appreciate modesty and humility in business associates. They dislike those who boast about their accomplishments. Yes, they are really cool.