Last updated in October 2017

Political relations

Diplomatic relations between Germany and Slovenia were established on 15 January 1992. The two countries enjoy very good relations based on mutual trust. These friendly relations have been underscored by numerous high‑level visits. In May 2017, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of bilateral relations, the German-Slovene Dialogue was launched to facilitate even deeper exchange.

In February 2017, Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor travelled to Berlin for talks with then Federal President Joachim Gauck and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. In June 2016, Federal President Gauck attended the official ceremony in Ljubljana to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the independent Republic of Slovenia. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel received his Slovene counterpart Karl Viktor Erjavec on 9 May 2017, and Federal Chancellor Merkel met with Slovenia’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar in Berlin on 14 January 2016. The Bundestag’s German-Slovene Parliamentary Friendship Group travelled to Slovenia in October 2015, and the Slovene National Assembly’s Parliamentary Friendship Group with Germany paid a return visit in September 2016.

Economic relations

Bilateral economic cooperation is extremely close. Germany is Slovenia’s most important trading partner by far, accounting for over 20 percent of the country’s foreign trade. Germany is one of the main foreign investors in Slovenia and one of the main recipients of Slovene exports. Some 570 German companies and enterprises with German investors are active in Slovenia. These directly employ some 8 percent of the Slovene workforce, account for almost 15 percent of turnover and are responsible for 20 percent of all exports. The German-Slovene Chamber of Industry and Commerce celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.

Cultural relations

A cultural agreement has been in force between Germany and Slovenia since June 1994.

The Goethe‑Institut has operated in Ljubljana since 2004. In June 1995, a German Reading Room opened in the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana (CTK). It was renamed “German Library” on 6 July 2009 and has since received over 5000 media items (books, magazine and newspaper subscriptions as well as CD‑ROMs, CDs and videos) from the Goethe‑Institut. The German Library Ljubljana is now housed on the CTK’s premises.

A lector seconded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) works at the University of Ljubljana’s German Department. A DAAD German language assistant works at the University of Maribor. In addition, the DAAD provides scholarships that are awarded annually in different disciplines.

The German Government supports German language teaching at Slovene schools in a variety of ways. At 19 of the country’s schools, students can obtain the German Language Certificate (DSD) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany. A total of some 70,000 school pupils are learning German. The support is coordinated by a German language advisor from the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), who is attached to Slovenia’s education authority. There is also a Goethe‑Institut partner school in Slovenia – Beltinci Primary School.

This text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its Contents.

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