The Republic of Slovenia is a small country in central Europe and was part of the former Yugoslavia until declaring independence in 1991. It is a member of the European Union and NATO. Its currency is the Euro and the capital city is Ljublyana. The official language is Slovene although English and German are spoken in tourist areas. Hungarian and Italian are also spoken on the respective borders.
The country is not densely populated and over half the country is covered in forest. It has a sub-Mediterranean climate on the coast and a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters further inland. It gets over a meter of rainfall during the year.
Slovenia has a high income developed economy although it does have high inflation (5.1% in 2007), high taxes and an inflexible labor market. Healthcare standards are acceptable although if you do not have private medical insurance it is essential that you use a state healthcare provider. For EU residents reciprocal arrangements are made between Slovenia and your home country, but a contribution to costs may be charged. Non-EU residents need to have medical insurance to cover their costs. All medications have to be paid for in full by all nationalities.
Ex-Pats in Slovenia are welcomed by neighbors and find the culture very endearing. Family and environmental values are high and the countryside is beautiful. Roads are not jammed with traffic and flights to other European countries are cheap and available. Railways and buses offer good transport links around the country for those who do not have a car but it is so small that you can drive all over it in 4 hours! Real estate is reasonably priced and many Europeans own a second holiday home here. Leasing of homes is relatively scarce so you may be forced to buy, but prices here are fairly stable and have not yet seen the downturn of other European countries.
It is easy and cost effective to start a business in Slovenia. Commercial leasing is now flourishing and most properties are linked to an optical cable network. Jobs are available in the tourist centers near the coast for bar and restaurant staff and tour guides. Other jobs may be found at the universities or sourced on various internet sites. Although visas are not required for EU residents, other paperwork may be necessary so check before you arrive on the current legislation. The use of a relocation company may be useful for finding accommodation, medical care and schooling etc during the first three months.