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An annexe of Slovenia's largest prison in Dob, completed in 2011. Photo: Rasto Božič/STA
Slovenian prisons have been overcrowded for years, but the arrests of hundreds of migrant smugglers in recent years have led to a situation when there is not even nearly enough staff or room for all the inmates.
A total of 1,808 persons were in prison on 26 February, according to the Prison Adminis
A service station operated by Petrol, Slovenia's largest fuel retailer. Photo: Bor Slana/STA
Regulated prices of motor fuels in Slovenia are going up again on 27 February. Regular petrol off motorways will now be available at €1.491 per litre over the next two weeks, and diesel will cost €1.523.
The latest increase, the third straight upward fortnightly change in prices, involves a 4.6-cen
Maribor fans. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
The Maribor football club has been slapped with severe sanctions following a violent outburst among its fans at the 18 February premier league fixture against Mura which left seven people injured.
Maribor were in a 2:0 lead when a stun grenade thrown from amidst Viole, Maribor ultras, injured six M
Lab meat samples. Photo: boscarol.si
Having sold his ultra-light aircraft maker Pipistrel to a US company in 2022, the Ajdovščina-based entrepreneur Ivo Boscarol has been exploring new business opportunities. He has recently started a new company to develop and produce cultured meat, and later plants, from stem cells.
"I am convinced

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The headquarters of the Slovenian Foreign Ministry. Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
More than a dozen Slovenian diplomatic and consular missions worldwide will get new heads this year and according to media reports the first of them have already been endorsed, including a new ambassador to China.
The process of diplomatic nomination involves several stages and is confidential unti
Slovenia supporters at a basketball friendly. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
Slovenia have successfully opened their qualifying campaign for EuroBasket 2025, defeating Ukraine 87:73 on 22 February, and Israel 88:79 three days later. Slovenia hosted both rival teams in Koper at the seaside.
In the absence of NBA superstar Luka Dončić, Klemen Prepelič, a 31-year-old sharp sho
The Bicikelj bike rental system in Ljubljana. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
Public bike share schemes have been springing up across Slovenia in recent years with ever more towns also offering electric bikes. Bike sharing is increasingly popular too, one of the reasons being it is often the fastest way to go about, making it easy to navigate traffic jams.
The capital Ljublj
Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Taran, flanked by Defence Ministry State Secretary Damir Črnčec and State Secretary at the PM's office Vojko Volk, at a rally in support of Ukraine in Ljubljana.
A rally in support of Ukraine was held in Ljubljana on the second anniversary of the Russian invasion as Slovenia's most senior politicians reiterated the country's continued commitment to Ukraine and again condemned Russian aggression.
The rally, organised by the Ukrainian community in Slovenia an
The port of Koper. Photo: Bor Slana/STA
Luka Koper, the operator of Slovenia's sole maritime port, is looking back at a successful year despite having its net profit slashed by almost a quarter due to higher costs and a drop in storage fees revenue as a result of stabilisation of global logistics.
The group generated €312.8 million in ne
The International Court of Justice. Photo: Petra Miklavc/STA
Slovenia stressed the right of Palestinians to self-determination as it presented its position at the International Court of Justice on 23 February as part of proceedings in which the UN General Assembly is seeking the court's advisory opinion on the legality of Israel's actions in the occupied Pal

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Ljubljana Business School professor Aljoša Valentinčič. Photo: Katja Kodba/STA
The recent issue of a retail bond for Slovenian residents - subscriptions ends on 16 February - is a welcome move since there have been too few investment opportunities like this in the past, says Aljoša Valentinčič, a professor at the Ljubljana School of Business and Economics. But he thinks there
Mojmir Mrak, a professor at the Ljubljana School of Economics and Business. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
Mojmir Mrak, an eminent economist, believes Slovenia will have to take at least some of the announced structural reforms this year, criticising the government for raising excessive expectations as he discussed the country's economic policies and future outlook in an interview with the Slovenian Pre
Traffic jams. Photo: Bor Slana/STA
Traffic congestions on Slovenian roads are becoming an increasingly burning issue. A debate hosted by the upper chamber of parliament and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) on 22 January heard that tackling the issue should be a priority, offering decentralisation as a solution.
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Business

A service station operated by Petrol, Slovenia's largest fuel retailer. Photo: Bor Slana/STA
Regulated prices of motor fuels in Slovenia are going up again on 27 February. Regular petrol off motorways will now be available at €1.491 per litre over the next two weeks, and diesel will cost €1.523.
The latest increase, the third straight upward fortnightly change in prices, involves a 4.6-cen
Lab meat samples. Photo: boscarol.si
Having sold his ultra-light aircraft maker Pipistrel to a US company in 2022, the Ajdovščina-based entrepreneur Ivo Boscarol has been exploring new business opportunities. He has recently started a new company to develop and produce cultured meat, and later plants, from stem cells.
"I am convinced
The port of Koper. Photo: Bor Slana/STA
Luka Koper, the operator of Slovenia's sole maritime port, is looking back at a successful year despite having its net profit slashed by almost a quarter due to higher costs and a drop in storage fees revenue as a result of stabilisation of global logistics.
The group generated €312.8 million in ne

Politics

An annexe of Slovenia's largest prison in Dob, completed in 2011. Photo: Rasto Božič/STA
Slovenian prisons have been overcrowded for years, but the arrests of hundreds of migrant smugglers in recent years have led to a situation when there is not even nearly enough staff or room for all the inmates.
A total of 1,808 persons were in prison on 26 February, according to the Prison Adminis
The headquarters of the Slovenian Foreign Ministry. Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
More than a dozen Slovenian diplomatic and consular missions worldwide will get new heads this year and according to media reports the first of them have already been endorsed, including a new ambassador to China.
The process of diplomatic nomination involves several stages and is confidential unti
Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Taran, flanked by Defence Ministry State Secretary Damir Črnčec and State Secretary at the PM's office Vojko Volk, at a rally in support of Ukraine in Ljubljana.
A rally in support of Ukraine was held in Ljubljana on the second anniversary of the Russian invasion as Slovenia's most senior politicians reiterated the country's continued commitment to Ukraine and again condemned Russian aggression.
The rally, organised by the Ukrainian community in Slovenia an

Society

An annexe of Slovenia's largest prison in Dob, completed in 2011. Photo: Rasto Božič/STA
Slovenian prisons have been overcrowded for years, but the arrests of hundreds of migrant smugglers in recent years have led to a situation when there is not even nearly enough staff or room for all the inmates.
A total of 1,808 persons were in prison on 26 February, according to the Prison Adminis
Hyena hunts on red-billed queleas in Namibia. Photo: Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana
Researchers from the Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty have discovered a new feeding behaviour in spotted hyenas who have taken a liking for songbirds. The researchers studied the hyenas and published their findings in the American scientific journal Food Webs.
Spotted hyenas are mostly known as scave
Neurosurgeon Vinko Dolenc pictured in 2015 when he received a state decoration. Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Slovenia to pay neurosurgeon Vinko Dolenc €390,000 in pecuniary damages plus costs and expenses because Slovenian courts had recognised Israeli court judgements where Dolenc was found liable for damage caused to his Israeli patient.





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Travels

The Bicikelj bike rental system in Ljubljana. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
Public bike share schemes have been springing up across Slovenia in recent years with ever more towns also offering electric bikes. Bike sharing is increasingly popular too, one of the reasons being it is often the fastest way to go about, making it easy to navigate traffic jams.
The capital Ljublj
Piran Maritime Museum. Photo: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0
The Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum has updated one of its permanent collections at its central location in the 19th century Gabrielli Palace in the seaside town of Piran as part of the celebrations of its 70th anniversary this year during which the museum will also feature in sailing regattas.

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The Kurent, Slovenia's best known carnival costume. Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
After months of preparations Slovenia's carnival capital Ptuj entered revelry mode on 3 February, kicking off almost two weeks of non-stop festivities that will culminate with an international carnival procession on 11 February.
At the core of Kurentovanje are Kurents, scary sheepskin figures with

Sport

Maribor fans. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
The Maribor football club has been slapped with severe sanctions following a violent outburst among its fans at the 18 February premier league fixture against Mura which left seven people injured.
Maribor were in a 2:0 lead when a stun grenade thrown from amidst Viole, Maribor ultras, injured six M
Slovenia supporters at a basketball friendly. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
Slovenia have successfully opened their qualifying campaign for EuroBasket 2025, defeating Ukraine 87:73 on 22 February, and Israel 88:79 three days later. Slovenia hosted both rival teams in Koper at the seaside.
In the absence of NBA superstar Luka Dončić, Klemen Prepelič, a 31-year-old sharp sho
Football fans amid flares at a match. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
In an incident without precedent in Slovenian sports history, things got seriously out of hand among the ranks of the Maribor ultras during a football premier league game in Murska Sobota on 18 February. Five players and an assistant coach of the home team had to be taken to hospital after a stun g

Opinion

Kyriacos Kakouris, vice-president of the European Investment Bank. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
The green transition is not just a moral imperative but a vital driver of Europe's economic competitiveness, Kyriacos Kakouris, vice-president of the European Investment Bank, writes in his op-ed for the Slovenia Times as he sets out the bank's role in financing climate action and fostering sustain
Ljubljana
Prime Minister Robert Golob.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Our Earth, our responsibility

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In his op-ed for Bled Strategic Times ahead of the Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob makes a call for "global solidarity to save our planet", combining it with an appeal to Russia to end the war of aggression against Ukraine.
In the first days of August, as I was walking t