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New Zealand's relations with Slovenia are friendly. The Slovene community in New Zealand is small. We were among the first countries to recognise Slovenia, after the EU, on 16 January 1992.
Following the visit by Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek in 1998, New Zealand negotiated a visa waiver arrangement with Slovenia. Slovenians may enter New Zealand visa-free for short-term stays, and likewise New Zealanders may visit Slovenia without a visa. A Working Holiday Scheme between New Zealand and Slovenia has been a source of further ties.
Land Area 20,273 sq km
Population 1.996 million (July 2011 est)
Capital City Ljubljana
Political system Democratic parliamentary republic
National government Five party coalition (Social Democrats, For Real-New Politics, Civic List, the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia, Democratic Party of Slovenian Pensioners)
National legislature Bicameral: 90 member National Assembly (four year term); Prime Minister recommended by President, appointed by assembly; 40 member Council of State, power limited to delaying legislation, (five year term)
Last election November 2007 (Presidential); September 2011 (Parliamentaryl)
Next election due October 2012 (Presidential); 2015 (Parliamentary)
Head of State President Danilo Tuerk
Head of Government Prime Minister Janez Jansa (since 28 January 2012)
GDP US$49.6 billion
Real GDP growth -0.2%
Imports US$30.65 billion
Main exports Vehicles, electrical machinery and equipment, furniture, clothing and chemicals
Current account deficit US$-536 million
NZ Exports (FOB) NZ$990,000
Main Exports Iron and steel, medical instruments
NZ Imports (CIF) NZ$6.1 million
Main Imports Tyres,medical instruments, electrical machinery
The Safetravel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to Slovenia [external link].