Success tips when doing business in Slovenia
- Slovenian greetings during first meetings tend to be conservative and reserved. A handshake and direct eye contact are expected. In general, refer to business persons by their surname unless invited to call them by their first name;
- Slovenian business is part of a relationship-driven culture. Expect social small talk at the beginning of business meetings to be somewhat extended, with the other party attempting to learn about you as a person;
- Slovenes keep business and social life separate. Business should only be discussed at social outings on rare occasions;
- While Slovenes are known for their sense of humour, self-deprecating humour does not translate well, so be careful as to how light teasing will be interpreted;
- When you are starting a new business, it is important to find out what company registrations and licenses apply to your Firm. This can be a complex area, as local, state, territory, and federal governments handle registration and licensing for various aspects of your business.
Interesting facts about Slovenia?
- Slovenian is home to Triglav National park, one of the oldest parks in all of Europe;
- The hostel, Celica, in the capital city of Ljubljana, allows travellers to pay for the privilege of staying in a prison cell overnight;
- Slovenia has several “quirky” festivals year round, such as the salt makers festival, the cabbage festival, chestnut Sunday, and Bean day;
- The saltpans of Secovlje in Slovenia have been around for 700 years and are now protected as a natural park;
- Some couples still follow the tradition of getting married on Bled island, which involves the groom carrying the bride up 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage.