Germany and Slovenia: Bilateral relations

03.10.2023 - Article

Diplomatic relations between Germany and Slovenia were established on 15 January 1992. The two countries enjoy very good relations based on mutual trust. On 1 July 2022, Foreign Minister Baerbock and Slovenian Foreign Minister Fajon signed a joint action plan to intensify bilateral cooperation in the period from 2022 to 2024.

Bilateral economic cooperation is extremely close. Germany is Slovenia’s second most important trading partner behind Switzerland, accounting for 19 percent of the country’s foreign trade. It is also one of the principal foreign investors in Slovenia.

A cultural agreement between Germany and Slovenia has been in force since 1993.

With its politically ambitious programme work and successful language courses, the Goethe-Institut, which opened in the country in 2004, is an important cultural stakeholder. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a lector in the country.

At 23 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. Some 70,000 pupils are learning German. German is the most frequently taught language after English.


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