• Port of Koper
  • Stone bridge over the Soča River

Why Slovenia

Top reasons why investing in Slovenia



Quality link to regional markets


Slovenian export by country in 2014


Investors wishing to build a customer network in Europe’s east and southeast by leveraging Slovenia as a gateway to the regional markets can benefit from expanding their business through Slovenia with its supportive environment with pro-business infrastructure and technically-savvy workforce.

Slovenian export by country in 2014

Market                                                  EUR million                 Market                                                   EUR million
EU-2817,503                 SEE1,574
Germany4,602                 Serbia658
Italy 2,736                 Bosnia & Herzegovina563
Austria2,076                 Macedonia166
Croatia1,775                 Other countries3,859
France1,170                 Russian Federation997
Poland744                 USA435
Hungary688                 Switzerland369
Czech Rep.522                 Turkey203
TOTAL22,936

Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2015

Strategic location


Ideally situated to serve Europe’s west and east, north and south, Slovenia does not only have excellent communication and transport infrastructure, high-quality services and the functioning public administration and the financial system, but has people with long business and personal links in the Western Balkans. It is the right place to forge partnerships for conquests of emerging markets and developing markets with rising internal demand. Goods are moved quickly and reliable, clearance procedures are efficient and once goods enter Slovenia via road, rail, air or see, they are at the doorstep of the EU market with 500 million consumers and many more in Europe’s east and southeast.

From the East to the West, from the North to the South

Slovenian investment abroad


Strategic partnerships between foreign investors and Slovenian companies with a strong foothold in central and east Europe would serve to boost productivity in target countries by implementing policies to spur innovation in order to move up the value chain. Process and organisational innovation, including non‐technological innovation, enhancing knowledge‐intensive skills (in engineering, design, marketing, information technology and R&D) and increasing associated investments (including advanced machinery, software and databases, branding, firm‐specific human capital and organisational capital) would benefit all stakeholders.

FDI of Slovenia abroad

Source: Bank of Slovenia, 2015

Outward FDI stock as of end-2014 EUR 5.3 billion


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