STA, 7 August 2021 - Ice cream is a popular treat in Slovenia - in 2018, the average consumption of ice cream at home in Slovenia was 3.9 litres of ice cream per person, 1.6 litres more than in 2000. A Slovenian household spends EUR 38 a year on average on ice cream, according to data provided by the Statistics Office.
Ice cream became more expensive last year, with a litre costing an average EUR 3.50 in shops, which is 19 cents more than the year before.
The price of a serving of ice cream with cream in bars and restaurants has also increased. Last year, a portion cost EUR 4.91 on average, 22 cents more than in 2019.
However, ice cream prices have not changed significantly compared to other food products. While food was 9.4% more expensive on average at the end of 2020 compared to 2015, the price of ice cream in shops increased by 0.1%.
Last year, Slovenia imported almost 6,000 tonnes of ice cream, valued at EUR 16 million, while it exported four times as much, almost 24,000 tonnes or EUR 70 million worth of ice cream.
The most exports went to the UK, more than 6,200 tonnes, followed by Germany with 4,200 tonnes. Germany also provided the most of ice cream imports to Slovenia - 1,900 tonnes.
The Statistics Office also found that several names associated with Slovenian ice cream can be found among the inhabitants and settlements in Slovenia.
Some of the best known Slovenian ice cream products bear the names Lučka, Tom, Maxim, Ježek and Kornet. At the beginning of this year, there were 561 women named Lučka, 358 men named Tom and 61 men named Maxim.
Meanwhile, Ježek and Kornet are surnames rather than names, shared by 78 people and 29 people, respectively. Some Slovenian ice cream products are also named after settlements, namely Planica, Otočec and Piran.
STA, 25 July 2021 - The Covid-19 epidemic has left an indelible mark on Slovenia's demographics. A negative natural change recorded in Slovenia last year was the highest since 1945 due to high mortality as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births by almost 5,250, show data by the Statistics Office.
The 2020 natural population decrease is mostly a result of above-average high mortality in November and December during the second Covid-19 wave, the Statistics Office said on Friday.
More than 24,000 residents died last year, an increase of nearly 3,800 on the average figure recorded in 2015-2019. Excess mortality was the highest in the last quarter of 2020 when the relevant average was up by two thirds compared to the same period in 2015-2019.
A positive natural change was recorded only in the third quarter of 2020 when some 5,140 babies were born. In total about 18,770 babies were born last year, down by 3% on 2019.
On average, 51 babies were born per day in 2020, 66 residents died, 28 got married and ten got a divorce, 99 moved into Slovenia and 48 moved out.
Domestic migration increased by some 40% in 2020, mainly due to Covid restrictions and ensuing registrations of temporary residence.
Also due to Covid restrictions, the number of weddings decreased by almost 25% on 2019 to some 5,200 and the total of divorces dropped by 28% to some 1,770, the Statistics Office said.
Slovenia recorded what is the highest positive net migration since 2008 last year as the number of those who moved in exceeded the total of those who moved out by almost 18,400.
STA, 17 July 2021 - Slovenia recorded what is the highest positive net migration since 2008 last year as almost 18,400 people more moved in than out. The Statistics Office says part of the reason for the increase is administrative changes in the population register.
Last year 36,110 people moved into Slovenia and 17,745 moved out, which marks an increase of 15% and 17%, respectively, compared with the year before.
The number of Slovenian citizens moving their permanent residence to Slovenia trebled to 11,360, which was due to cessation of temporary residence abroad under new provisions of the residence registration act.
Under those provisions, temporary address abroad ceased to 22,248 individuals ex officio as of 13 August 2020. Under the existing statistical methodology, 18,500 of those individuals would be included in the population and immigration count in 2020.
However, using different additional data sources, especially those that define the person's activity status from which it is possible to assume the person's actual residence in Slovenia, the statisticians eventually included fewer than 7,500 of those people in the final population count (among them 97% Slovenian citizens and 3% foreigners).
The Statistics Office says the majority of those residents most likely immigrated to Slovenia years or even decades ago, but failed to register their return at the administrative unit for some reason.
Net migration of foreign nationals was positive for the 22nd year in a row. Last year, 12,816 more foreigners moved into Slovenia than out.
Most of the Slovenian citizens that moved to Slovenia had previously resided in Germany or Austria (29% and 18% respectively), followed by Italy, Croatia and Switzerland.
Nearly half of all foreign immigrants in 2020 (46%) came from Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed by those from Kosovo, Serbia, North Macedonia and Croatia.
Last year, 5,811 Slovenian citizens moved out, 12% fewer than in 2019. A quarter (24%) left for Austria with another fifth (19%) moving to Germany.
The Statistics Office also recorded 127,052 internal migrants changing their place of residence within the country a total of 140,223 times last year, an increase of 42% compared with 2019.
This was as 12,461 residents changed their place of residence more than once.
6% of Slovenian population changed their place of residence at least once; one out of nine foreign citizens moved at least once, but only one in twenty Slovenian citizens.
Many of the internal migrations were linked to Covid-19 containment measures as many changed their official residence as movement between municipalities was banned in March and October.
The Statistics Office also recorded 1,725 people acquiring Slovenian citizenship last year as 43 lost it.
STA, 30 April 2021 - Slovenia had 2,108,977 residents on 1 January, of whom 1,940,326 were citizens of Slovenia and 168,651 were foreigners. A negative trend was observed in the last quarter of 2020, as the number of births decreased and number of deaths increased compared to the same period the year before, the Statistics Office has reported.
On 1 January 2021, men outnumbered women in Slovenia, as there were 1,059,938 male residents and 1,049,039 female residents.
The share of women among the Slovenian citizens, which has been slowly declining for a number of years, stood at 51.1%, while among foreigner residents it was only 34.2%, or a total of 57,742.
In the last quarter of 2020, 7,028 people moved to Slovenia, which is almost 5% less year-on-year, while the number of people who moved out from the country was up by 5% to 5,562.
Related: Foreign Nationals in Slovenia, by Country, Region & Continent (2018 data)
The number of Slovenian citizens who moved out of the country in the fourth quarter of last year was higher than the number of foreign citizens who moved out, the Statistics Office notes.
According to preliminary data, there were 4,480 births in Slovenia in the last quarter of 2020, while there were 8,431 deaths. The number of births was down 4.7% year-on-year, and the number of deaths was up by 64.8%.
In the fourth quarter of last year, fewer people got married year-on-year, but there were also fewer divorces. The number of new marriages dropped by a quarter to 711, and the number of divorces was down by more than a third to 400.
A total of 43,190 people moved internally within Slovenia in the last quarter of 2020, which is 52% more than in the same period in 2019.
The Statistics Office attributes this mostly to the Covid-19 epidemic, as many people decided to change their residence address due to the ban on travel between municipalities or regions.
STA, 15 February 2021 - The average monthly wage in Slovenia in 2020 reached EUR 1,856.20 gross, which is 5.8% more than in 2019 nominally and 5.9% higher in real terms. The average net wage was EUR 1,208.65 or 6.6% and 6.7% higher nominally and in real terms, respectively, the Statistics Office (SURS) reported on Monday.
The average gross wage in 2020 was higher both in the private sector (+4.4%) and the public sector (+7.8%) compared to the year before.
In the general government sector, it was up by 9.9%, including as a result of the payout of extraordinary bonuses related to the Covid-19 epidemic, SURS noted.
Activity-wise, it was up the most in healthcare and social security (+17.7%), while it was down the most in the hospitality industry (-3.8%).
The average gross wage was the highest in Central Slovenia, standing at EUR 2,057.92 or 10.9% above the Slovenian average. It was, meanwhile, the lowest in the Primorska-Notranjska statistical region (EUR 1,632.87).
In December 2020, the average gross wage was EUR 2,021.21 or 0.3% higher nominally and almost level in real terms compared to the month before.
The average net wage in the same month was EUR 1,314.62 or 1% higher nominally and 0.7% higher in real terms over November 2020.
In the private sector, the average gross wage for last December was 2.9% lower than that in November, mostly on account of end-year bonuses, SURS added.
In the public sector, this difference was 3.8% and in the institutional sector the average gross wage was 4.5% higher than in November.
The average monthly gross wage in December was the highest in the electricity, gas and steam supply, standing at EUR 2,947.41. It was the lowest in the hospitality industry, at EUR 1,203.63.
STA, 29 January 2021 - Slovenia recorded slightly over three million arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists in 2020, down by almost 51% on 2019, as a surge in domestic tourism failed to offset the collapse in foreign tourist arrivals, show data released by the Statistics Office on Friday.
Slovenian tourist accommodation facilities saw a 21% increase in domestic arrivals at the annual level with their overnight stays rising by 33%.
The arrivals of foreign tourists were down by 74%, whereas the overnight stays by them dropped by 71% on 2019.
Out of the foreign overnight tourists most came from Germany (almost 25%), followed by Austrians and Italians (11% each), Croatians (7%), Hungarians and the Dutch (each 5%).
The arrivals of both foreign and domestic tourists were down by 97% year-on-year in December, to just 9,300, and overnight stays plunged by 91%, as the lockdown shut down virtually the entire tourism sector.
Foreign tourists that spent the most nights in Slovenia in December came from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.
STA, 27 January 2021 - Revenue in retail in real terms in Slovenia was down last year by 9.7% compared to 2019, the Statistics Office reported on Wednesday. The largest drop, by 23.6%, was recorded by shops specialised in sale of motor fuels.
The Statistics Office noted that, after four months of decline on the monthly level, revenue in retail in real terms last December was up by 0.1% compared to the month before.
In December alone, revenue in retail was up by 0.8% compared to November, excluding motor fuel sales. In shops specialised in sale of motor fuels, revenue was up by 0.5% on the monthly level.
Revenue from retail sales of non-food products was up by 0.2% in December on the monthly basis, and revenue from retail sales of food was up by 0.3%.
Year-on-year, revenue in retail in real terms in December was down by 13.3% when sales of motor fuels are included. Without these sales, revenue in retail last month was down 8.6% year-on-year.
Compared to December 2019, revenue from retail sales of non-food products was down by 16.1%, while revenue from retail sales of food was up by 1.4%.
STA, 17 January 2020 - The financial position of Slovenian households continues to improve as their assets had increased more than debt until the end of the third quarter of 2020. The surplus of assets over debt stood at EUR 45.2 billion, a rise by EUR 3.9 billion at the annual level, the central bank's report shows.
At the end of last year's third quarter, Slovenia's households reported assets of some EUR 60 billion, an increase of EUR 4.1 billion year-on-year.
Bank deposits increased by EUR 2.1 billion to EUR 24.1 billion, 90% of them were made at domestic banks and 73% of them were sight deposits.
Cash claims totalled EUR 5 billion, whereas insurance or pension scheme claims stood at EUR 8.1 billion. Equity investments were also on the rise, amounting to EUR 18.2 billion.
Household liabilities rose by EUR 198 million to EUR 14.8 billion. Accounting for the bulk of the liabilities, loans increased by EUR 186 million to EUR 13 billion. They were mostly taken out at banks (84%).
When it came to the situation of companies or non-financial corporations at the end of the 2020 third quarter, the deficit of assets over debt grew by EUR 130 million year-on-year to EUR 39.3 billion.
Companies held assets worth EUR 50.2 billion, up by EUR 1.1 billion year-on-year. Investments in equity grew by EUR 712 million to EUR 17.7 billion.
Liabilities meanwhile stood at EUR 89.5 billion, up by EUR 1.2 billion. A quarter of them were loans (EUR 22.3 billion), down by EUR 631 million. Some 41% of them were arranged at banks and 29% abroad.
STA, 11 January 2020 - The number of deaths in Slovenia in 2020 is expected to be the highest since the Second World War based on data collected so far. The number of excess deaths in 2020 compared to 2019 was 3,153, while compared to the last five years, it was 3,821, show data by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).
In 2019, a total of 21,112 deaths were recorded in Slovenia, but last year the figure rose to 24,265. In the last five years, 20,444 persons died a year on average.
Compared to the average of the last five years, there were 3,821 more deaths last year, of which 930 were deaths not related to Covid-19. If only 2019 and 2020 are compared, the number of excess deaths not related to Covid-19 is 262.
"Excess deaths were recorded also in connection to diagnoses and diseases that are not directly linked to Covid-19," NIJZ head Milan Krek told the press today.
According to the preliminary data by the Statistics Office for last year, 20,634 people died between January and the end of November, which is 10% more than in the same period in 2019. A total of 3,059 people died in November 2020 alone, which is 85.5% more than in November 2019.
NIJZ data show that 2,891 people with a confirmed coronavirus infection died last year. Most of the deceased were the elderly from care home.
According to Krek, the data on Covid-19 patients were being collected two ways in Slovenia. The Health Ministry collects the data on the number of deceased Covid-19 patients in hospitals and care homes every morning. The NIJZ, however, collects the data on the bases of those who tested positive to coronavirus, and death certificates and documents on deaths due to contagious diseases.
NIJZ includes in its statistics deaths where an infection was confirmed 28 days before the death.
Since the methodology is different, the data cannot be compared directly, and a unified classification is yet to be set up on a global level, Krek explained. "The procedure is time-consuming, so we cannot report on deaths for individual days."
Among the 2,891 persons with a confirmed infection who died last year, 1,682 were care home residents, which is 58% of the deaths.
"One in ten care home residents died because of Covid-19," he illustrated, adding that 15% of care home residents with the infection had died.
The most deaths where a coronavirus infection was confirmed (603) was recorded in central Slovenia, the region with the most inhabitants, but the number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants was the highest in the Pomurje region in north-east (268). Koroška follows with 206 deaths per 100,000 people and Podravje with 156.
More than 50% of the deaths with confirmed infection was recorded among those over 85 years of age.
STA, 9 December 2020 - A total of 17,575 persons died in Slovenia in the first ten months of 2020, up by 2.7% on the same period in 2019, the Statistics Office data show. When it comes to October alone, 2,073 Slovenian residents died or 26.8% more compared with the same month in 2019.
Interim data, released on Monday, also indicate that in the first ten months of 2020, 15,540 babies were born, down by 4.8% compared to the January-October period in 2019.
Between 1 and 22 November 2020, 2,100 residents died, raw data show. Interim data for the entire month of November will be published in early January 2021.
Excess mortality or excess deaths in the first ten months of 2020 stood at 4.5% compared to the average number of deaths recorded in the same period between 2015 and 2019.
The most significant deviation from the 2015-2019 period in 2020 was recorded in October - a 23.7% rise in the number of deaths on the same month in the previous five years.
The national tracker Covid-19 Sledilnik has recently pointed out that since mid-October Slovenia has been recording a large share of excess deaths.
The week between 9 and 15 November saw an increase by 81%, with the tracker's data indicating that excess death growth correlates with the increasing number of Covid-19-related deaths.
Covid-19 Sledilnik has said that more detailed assessments will be possible long after the second wave ends.
However, current excess mortality in Slovenia is similar to the figures in the countries that were worst off in the first wave, the tracker warned.