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Location: Central Europe
Currency: Euro (1 Euro = approx $1.10 USD)
Time Zone: GMT +2 (Slovenia observes daylight savings time. Your 6 pm BJT classes start at noon in the summer and 11 am in the winter.)
Population: 2.1 Million
Internet Speed: Slovenia has very well-developed internet infrastructure. Speed Test’s Global Ranking has Slovenia at 43rd, with speeds of 63 down and 20 up. The Slovenian government aims to bring almost all household to 100 Mbps by the close of 2020. Strong mobile speeds also make mobile hot spots a good option for digital nomads. Companies like HoT offer great data packages with 20 GB of data for as little as 10 euro.
Visa: If you are American, you can enter this EU country without a visa and stay for 90 days within a 180-day period. Slovenia does not offer a retirement/pensioner visa. However, they do offer temporary residence permits which are valid for one year and renewable. The great thing about this permit is that there are many valid purposes for residence. The requirements are also not very stringent. You usually need funds equal to the minimum basic wage (around 800 euros per month) for the length of time you intend to stay in Slovenia.
Healthcare: Slovenia has public healthcare for all its citizens and long-term residents. Contacts in Slovenia report longer waiting times associated with the public system for non-life-threatening situations. Total Slovenia News has a great article about low-cost supplementary insurance. Check out World Nomads travel insurance.
Cost of Living: If you want to live in the capital of Ljubljana, you can expect to pay more. Numbeo estimates the average rent for a one-bedroom to be approximately 565 euros. Smaller cities, such as Novo Mesto offer much more affordable rents. Study in Slovenia has a great page on cost of living that is aimed at students, but may be of interest to cost conscious expats.
The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.