Our relationship with Slovenia

New Zealand has friendly relations with Slovenia. New Zealand was among the first countries to recognise Slovenia 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.  

Though the Slovene community in New Zealand is small, a Working Holiday Scheme between New Zealand and Slovenia was established in 2010, and has been the basis for growing further people to people ties.

Trade

2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$17 million

 

Exports to Slovenia

$5 million

Top exports: Iron and steel structures and parts

Imports from Slovenia

$12 million

Top imports: Harvesting or threshing machines, mowers, electrical machinery

GDP

$45 billion

 

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa in Slovenia.

To apply, you can go to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra.

For more information, read the Slovenian Embassy website (external link).

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Slovenia

  • Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs, April 2008

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