Number of companies: 3,140
Number of employees: 20,794
Revenues (in €): 3.4 billion
Exports (in €): 1.1 billion
Key export markets: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russian federation, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA
Source: AJPES 2016

Key products and services:

  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Telecommunication services
  • IT services
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Equipment distribution
  • Web services

Quality workforce

The fast development of the ICT manufacturing and services in Slovenia is a result of systematic human development, well-developed ICT infrastructure and government commitment to boosting the ICT sector as one of the national development priorities.

Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to education in Slovenia. The goal to deliver teaching and learning programmes that deliver skills for life are attractive to students from all backgrounds and satisfy the need for a pool of talented young people in informatics and related subjects. Secondary education programmes for computer science, electrical engineering and telecommunications attract nearly 5,900 students and some 4,000 students enrol in the University of Ljubljana or Maribor in ICT programme of studies.

Estimated gross annual labour costs in ICT for 2016 

(Total cost per employee in €)  

Estimated gross annual labour costs in ICT
Source: Adecco & own calculations, 2015

The ICT sector in Slovenia employs today more than 20,000 people in some 3,000 companies and although ICT manufacturing output showed a high level of resilience during the downturn, it has not escaped unharmed.


To benefit from the EU development policy, Slovenian experts and their foreign partners participate in target-oriented technology platforms within the European and national research programmes and a good grasp of foreign languages is mandatory for R & D activities. According to international rankings, 91% of Slovenians can communicate in at least one world language with the English and German being most widespread and 71% of population is able to communicate in at least two world languages. The widespread knowledge of the languages spoken in the Western Balkans comes in handy when Slovenian ICT companies outsource experts there.


Productivity / value added per employee, 2014


Value-added per employee

(in €)

IBM Slovenija 112,514
Telekom Slovenije84,092
NIL Data Communications68,430
ComTrade 51,341
S&T Slovenija50,135

Source: Bisnode, 2015

Quality Link to Regional Markets

A central geopolitical position at the cross-roads of trade and transport routes gives Slovenia a cutting edge and explains its historical, cultural and economic profile – the key elements of the country’s economic performance.

The role played by the ICT to Slovenia’s export mix is extremely important. ICT-related export figures have risen sharply. In 2014, the average annual export growth rate was over 6%. Exporters of telecommunications account for 26% of overall industry exports followed by providers of IT services (23.7%). Telekom Slovenije and Mobitel are preent in the Western Balkans and with Telekom Slovenije taking control of Mobitel, the group is Slovenian's leading electronic communication service provider.

Slovenian companies are enhancing their presence in foreign markets through outward direct investment. This trend is widely followed by ICT companies, particularly when investing in the emerging markets of the south-eastern Europe. Capital ties are also used to get a foothold in the markets of CIS countries.

Thanks to its position and decades of fostering economic links with its neighbours, Slovenia is in a pole position to serve the markets in the region. The number of international companies setting up their regional hubs in Slovenia is rising attracted by the expertise of local managers, sales force and field engineers and their in-depth knowledge of the regional markets. They speak the language and understand the culture, and have numerous personal and business contacts.

Productivity in industry and services, 2014

Productivity in Industry & Services
Source: IMD - World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2015

Related GDP (PPP) per person employed in industry and services (in €) 

Quality Infrastructure

The availability of efficient infrastructure services is an important determinant of the pace of market development and output growth and facilitates raising capital for further infrastructure assets. In addition to highways and railroads as the backbone of so-called hard infrastructure, Slovenia’s political, institutional and legal environment as the elements of so-called soft infrastructure guarantee freedom of transacting, security of property rights, and transparency of government and legal processes. 


Comparison of key information society indicators, 2014

Per 1,000 inhabitantsSlovenianew EU-13 membersEU-15 membersUSA
Number of PCs6856348861,111
Internet users799750837880
Mobile telephone subscribers1,0861,2821,270954

Source: IMD - World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2015

Slovenia’s companies and institutions are committed to improving information infrastructure, to developing exportable products with high value added, to developing new knowledge and technologies and to raising the quality of innovation environment with transfer of knowledge into the industry. The progress of the knowledge-based society made so far makes everyday life easier by adding new services such as e-government, e-knowledge and soon e-health, and the inclusion of small and medium enterprises into demanding projects.

Leading domestic and foreign-owned companies

  • Athos Elektrosistemi (Electric garden hose reel)
  • Bartec Varnost / Bartec (Explosion protected electrical devices)
  • Bisol proizvodnja (Photovoltaic modules)
  • BSH Hisni aparati / BSH Finance & Holding (Domestic appliances)
  • Cablex-M (Conduits, contacts and connections for home appliances)
  • Diotec / Diotec Semiconductor (Semiconductor diodes and rectifiers)
  • Domel (Electrical motors, fume exhaust units)
  • Ebm-papst Slovenija / EBM Papst (Small electrical motors and fans)
  • Elrad International / Kona International (Consumer electronics)
  • Eta E.G.O. Elektro-Geräte (Electronic domestic appliances)
  • Eti / Jean Müller Elektrotehnische Fabrik (Fuses, circuit-breakers, surge switches)
  • Eurel (Integrated mechatronical solutons)
  • Fotona / Fotona Holdings (Laser technology, defence optoelectronics, precision mechanics)
  • Gorenje / Panasonic corporation (Domestic appliances)
  • Hella Saturnus Slovenija / Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. (Vehicle lighting electronics)
  • Hidria AET (Motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment)
  • Hidria Rotomatika (Electric motors, generators and transformers)
  • Indramat Elektromotorji / Bosch Rexroth (Electrical motors, generators)
  • Interblock / Elektroncek Group (Electromechanical gaming machines)
  • Intra lighting (Architectural luminaires and lighting systems)
  • Iskra (Electrotechnical products for energy sector and logistics)
  • Iskra mehanizmi (Electric domestic appliances)
  • Iskra zascite / Raycap (Surge voltage protection systems)
  • Iskraemeco / El Sewedy Cables (Devices and systems for electric energy measuring, registration and billing)
  • ITW Metalflex / SG Invest Holding (Components for household appliances)
  • Kolektor ETRA (Manufacture of power (generator) transformers)
  • Kolektor Sikom (Commutators for electrical motors)
  • LPKF / LPKF Laser & Electronics (Laser and electronics for printed circuit board technology)
  • Mahle Letrika / Mahle (Automotive electrical devices)
  • Mahle Letrika Bovec / Mahle Letrika Laktaši (Thermosetting and thermoplastic materials)
  • Metrel (Measuring and regulations equipment)
  • Resistec UPR / Krah Unternehmungsholding (Electronic components)
  • RLS / Renishaw International (Rotary and linear motion sensors)
  • Safilo / Safilo (Sunglasses and optical frames)
  • XAL svetila / XAL (Indoor & outdoor lighting solutions)
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