COVID-19 Information

30 September 2020 Country-Specific Information The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3  Travel Advisory for Slovenia  advising citizens to reconsider travel to Slovenia due to the Covid-19 epidemic.   Register with the Embassy (STEP)  for the latest updates. Slovenia has entered a second-wave of Covid-19 cases.  See the current number of  active cases and other statistics . Nevertheless, services remain widely available, and shops, churches, and schools are open. Social ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Entry Quarantine rules The government of Slovenia has updated its  color-coded system of entry / quarantine restrictions:  A very small number of countries are designated “green” (epidemiologically safe).  A much larger list of countries, including the United States, are designated as “red” (poor epidemiological  conditions).  In some cases, regions of countries (such as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert (23 Sep.)

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 16 September) Since 16 September, there have been 740 additional confirmed Covid-19 cases, and seven additional deaths. Since mid-August the number of active cases in Slovenia has been doubling every two weeks and Slovenia continues to be at a new high for the outbreak, with 1,383 active cases.   Of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert (16 Sep.) 

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:   Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 16 September) The number of confirmed Covid cases has increased dramatically in the past week, although due in part to high numbers of tests administered. Since 9 September, there have been 642 additional confirmed Covid-19 cases, but no additional deaths.    Yesterday alone (15 September) was another new daily record, ... Read More»

Ambassador Blanchard Tries Some New Wheels at Drive-In Cinema in Ljubljana

Drive-In Cinema, a unique rejuvenation of a classic American cultural showcase, is making a comeback all over the world, thanks to the COVID pandemic. Patented in 1933 in New Jersey, the concept is nearly a century old, and represents what many consider to be the “golden age” of American cinema culture. Americans and Slovenians share ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Ljubljana fire fumes / Anniversary

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Ljubljana fire fumes / Anniversary (11 September) Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Location: Ljubljana Event: Last night (10 September) there was a large fire in Vič.  While extinguished, fumes spread over the city of Ljubljana. Actions to Take: The Slovenian government has advised city residents to close windows when indoors and wear a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert / Voting Reminder

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 9 September)  Since 2 September, there have been 388 additional confirmed Covid-19 cases, and two additional deaths.    Yesterday alone (8 September) there were 79 new cases, a new daily record. Currently there are 590 active cases, the highest number since 4 April.   Of these, 107 cases are in Ljubljana.  ... Read More»

Reaching for the Moon Together

The moon was never as close to Slovenians as it is now. And the best part? You don’t need to put on a space suit! You just need to take a short car ride to Center Noordung in Vitanje, where you can admire the 3.75 billion year-old lunar sample from the Apollo 17 mission that ... Read More»

Ambassador Blanchard’s Remarks at the Moon Rock and Space Suit Exhibition Opening

AMBASSADOR BLANCHARD’S REMARKS Noordung Center, Vitanje September 2, 2020 Dober dan, vsem Minister Počivalšek, Mayor Vetrih, Director Kobold, I thank you all for hosting us today, and for the support you’ve shown, the work you’ve done, and the excitement we’ve shared in making this day possible. I also understand that members of the team that ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Entry / Exit Requirements Hungary: The Hungarian government has announced that it has closed its border to foreign nationals traveling from Slovenia. Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 1 September)  Since 19 August, there have been 432 additional confirmed Covid-19 cases, and four additional deaths.  Currently there are 468 active cases, the highest number since ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:   Cashing U.S. checks Please note that if you receive federal benefits checks from the United States, or received an Economic Impact Payment (“Stimulus”) check from the IRS:  The Embassy recently learned that after this month, Slovenian banks will no longer cash U.S. checks.  For federal benefits, you should consider having ... Read More»

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Remarks During His Visit to Slovenia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Press Avail with PM Janša of Slovenia August 13, 2020 Thank you, Prime Minister Janša. I want to thank Foreign Minister Logar, President Pahor, and other Slovenian leaders for making this trip possible and for so graciously hosting me and my team. I appreciate the work everyone put in to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: We are honored to welcome Secretary of State Pompeo and his wife to Slovenia today for signing of a 5G agreement. Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 13 August): Since 5 August, there have been 124 additional confirmed cases, and five additional deaths. Currently there are 193 active cases (down slightly from last week), with 19 ... Read More»

Voting U.S. Elections 2020

Dear fellow American citizen in Slovenia: We now have a wooden ballot box in our Embassy guardhouse (visitor screening building) especially for you to drop off your voter registrations and ballots for the U.S. mail. Registration/Requests for ballots: Many of you have registered to vote.  If you have not, there is still time.  In order ... Read More»

A New Member of Ambassador Blanchard’s Family

Ambassador Blanchard was honored to become the honorary godmother to a gorgeous Lipizzaner foal named 909 Slavina XXXV, born this April in Lipica Stud Farm. Becoming a godmother is a special ceremony that is part of the Lipizzaner tradition. This ceremony constituted an important symbolic gesture highlighting the many shared values and cultural ties between the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 5 August): Since 29 July,  there have been 93 additional confirmed cases, and seven additional deaths. Currently there are 202 active cases (down slightly from last week), with 22 hospitalized. Since the beginning of the epidemic, Slovenia has administered over 134,000 tests,  confirming 2,208 infections and 124 fatalities. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 29 July): Since 22 July, there have been 109 additional confirmed cases, and two additional deaths. Currently there are 237 active cases (down slightly from last week), with 21 hospitalized. According to the National Public Health Institute, recent infections were detected in care homes (80 infections), schools (54), shops (37), ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia (as of  22 July): Since 15 July,  there have been 128 additional confirmed cases, and four additional deaths.  Twenty-nine new infections were reported on 21 July alone, marking an 11-day high. The vast majority of recent infections were transmitted locally (vice imported from abroad). Currently there are 243 active ... Read More»

2021-2022 FULBRIGHT PROGRAM COMPETITION IS OPEN

Application deadline is extended until September 15, 2020 The Embassy of the United States of Slovenia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Program competition for the 2021-2022 academic year for Slovenian Visiting (Post-Doctoral) candidates and Slovenian (Pre-Doctoral) Visiting research student candidates in the United States. Learn More/Apply The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 15 July): Since 8 July, there have been 115 additional confirmed cases, but no additional deaths since 1 June. Currently there are 266 active cases, with 16 hospitalized. Since the beginning of the epidemic, Slovenia has administered over 118,000 tests,  confirming 1,878 infections and 111 fatalities. Consular Services In addition ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 8 July): Since the beginning of June, the number of active cases in Slovenia has been doubling every week, with a current total of 223 active cases spread throughout the country.  Fourteen are hospitalized. Since 1 July,  there have been 150 additional confirmed cases, but no additional deaths ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert (1 July)

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Entry/Exit requirements Slovenia is following EU recommendations to restrict travel from the U.S. and other countries with unstable epidemiological situations.  Slovenia continues to make exceptions for those who have residency or family in Slovenia, as well as those studying in Slovenia. For information on border openings and entry/exit requirements for countries ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Slovenia’s Statehood Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 24, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate all Slovenians on your Statehood Day. Slovenia and the United States share a fundamental commitment to democracy, a market economy, and human rights. I am pleased to see our bilateral relationship growing stronger ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Security & Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Security Alert Location: Ljubljana – near Parliament and Congress & Prešeren Squares Event:  On the evening of 24 June, there will be commemorations for Slovenia’s national day.  The police will cordon off the area around Parliament and Congress squares.  There is a possibility of protests outside this perimeter and in Prešeren Square. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  U.S. Embassy Services U.S. domestic passport offices have resumed printing passports for Americans who apply overseas.  Appointments are available via the  Embassy website .  Entry/Exit requirements Similar to the border checkpoints mentioned for Austria and Hungary last week, foreign nationals crossing between Italy and Slovenia must use one of the following checkpoints:  ... Read More»

Ambassador Blanchard at the Opening of 61st Jazz Ljubljana Festival

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard was pleased to attend the opening of the 61st Jazz Festival Ljubljana featuring an exhibition of jazz posters by Bosnian graphic designer Ajna Zlatar. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the artist was unable to join he exhibit, but greeted everyone virtually. The U.S. Embassy is happy to support this Festival, and the ... Read More»

World Chicago Professional Fellows Happy Hour

Sponsored by the Department of State, WorldChicago launched the Tech Innovation, Education, and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program in May 2015. Since then, they have hosted over 100 emerging tech and entrepreneurship leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and North Macedonia for one-month fellowships in Chicago with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies, NGOs ... Read More»

The United States Donates Protective Equipment to Slovenia

  U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda C. Blanchard presented a donation of equipment to aid in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and prevention of future outbreaks to Minister of Health State Secretary Tina Bregant, Ministry of Defense State Secretary Damijan Jaklin, and Deputy Director of ACPDR Mr. Stanislav Lotrič at University Medical Center Ljubljana today. ... Read More»

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM JUNE 10, 2020 The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Security / Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Security Alert – Demonstration Location: Downtown Ljubljana Event:  On the evening of 12 June, the Embassy anticipates another demonstration in the center of Ljubljana.   These may continue on subsequent Fridays. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Health Alert Entry Requirements Per 7 June Slovenian ordinance, foreign nationals (including American citizens) entering Slovenia from Austria must use the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Security / Health Alert

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Security Alert – Demonstration Location: Ljubljana: Vicinity of U.S. Embassy (Prešernova cesta 31) Event: On the evening of 5 June, the Embassy anticipates a demonstration in Ljubljana in support of racial equality and justice in the United States. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Health Alert Quarantine  U.S. citizens entering Slovenia who do not have residency in Slovenia must self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they meet one of the  exceptions . Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 4 June): Since ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks for Mt. Mangart Ceremony

June 3, 2020 Last month, we gathered to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War Two – the commemoration of the day when peace and hope finally returned to Europe, but also a time to reflect on the immense human toll the war had taken. Today we are here on Mount Mangart ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert:  Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Quarantine  Face masks are mandatory in closed public spaces where the distance between persons is less than 1.5 meters, on public transportation, for persons with respiratory diseases, for health staff depending on the degree of risk, for all staff of care homes, and for visitors entering health institutions and care ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Embassy Services We have resumed scheduling routine appointments for American Citizen Services, including passport renewal, Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications, voting assistance, and notary services.  Appointments can be made on-line via our website.  Routine U.S. visas services remain suspended worldwide. Entry Requirements for Slovenia U.S. citizens with residency in ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Protective Equipment for Elder Care Homes in Slovenia

U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda C. Blanchard joined Ministry of Defense State Secretary Uroš Lampret, Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities State Secretary Mag. Cveto Uršič, Director of the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR) Darko But, and President of the Board of Directors of the Community of Social Institutions of Slovenia ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:   We plan to reduce the frequency of these Alerts to weekly starting today.  However, we will continue to update our  Covid-19 page  daily. Embassy Services  The Embassy continues to provide in-person appointments for emergency/mission-critical consular services; we will let you know as soon as we can schedule routine appointments such as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 15 May): The Slovenian government has declared the epidemic over in Slovenia, effective 31 May.  This is based in part on the average number of persons a Covid-19 patient infects now being under one.  Nevertheless, many restrictions in Slovenia remain in place. Since yesterday there was one ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Entry/Legal Stay Entry: American citizens with temporary or permanent Slovenian residence permits may re-enter Slovenia.  Otherwise, foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Slovenia at this time, with limited exceptions for those transiting, in the transport industry, providing emergency services, or those with imperative family reasons.  The  Slovenian embassy  in Washington, DC, is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 13 May): Since yesterday there were two additional confirmed cases, for a cumulative total of 1,463. There was one additional fatality, bringing the total to 103. The number who are currently hospitalized decreased to 38 persons, of whom 9 are in intensive care. For additional information, see our  Covid-19 page ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Quarantine Restrictions The Slovenian government has lifted the ban on commercial flights to Ljubljana, Maribor and Portorož airports.  Several airlines have announced plans to resume flights to Ljubljana in early June. Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 12 May): Since yesterday there was one additional confirmed case, for a cumulative total of 1,461. There ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:   Quarantine restrictions  Domestic public transportation is gradually resuming.  Passengers will have to disinfect their hands upon entry, wear a face mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1.5 meters.  The Infrastructure Ministry has established a hotline at 01 478 85 12 to address questions on public transportation. Medical ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Security / Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Demonstration  Location:  Ljubljana –  Republic Square Event: Today, 8 May at 1900, there is a planned protest outside the Slovenian Parliament building.  While most demonstrations in Slovenia are peaceful, there will be increased police presence in this area. Actions to Take:  Be vigilant near crowded public venues. Quarantine restrictions  Residents of Slovenia (including American ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks for VE Day 75th Anniversary

8 May 20202  – Thank you to President Pahor for bringing us together to mark this important milestone in world history, and to my fellow ambassadors for being here to celebrate the solidarity that led us to victory in Europe. As we pay tribute to the brave forces who fought for our freedom, and remember ... Read More»

Establishing Slovenia’s first Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

AmCham CEO Ajša Vodnik and Embassy leadership signed a charter to establish Slovenia’s first Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).  OSAC is the U.S. government’s premier public-private global security partnership and establishing an OSAC Council in Slovenia will allow the Embassy to share timely and relevant security information and expert briefings on a range of security-related topics to the local private sector.  Establishing OSAC, and its continued support, will help create an even stronger ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 7 May): Yesterday there was one additional confirmed case, for a cumulative total of 1,449. There were no additional fatalities yesterday, with the total remaining at 99. The number who are currently hospitalized decreased to 52 persons, of whom 13 are in intensive care. For ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 6 May): The Slovenian government released the results of a nationwide antibody study in which 3.1% of participants tested positive for antibodies indicating prior exposure to the novel coronavirus.  Based on the study, researchers say with 95% certainty that 2-4% of the population had ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 5 May): Yesterday there were six additional confirmed cases, for a cumulative total of 1,445. There was one additional fatality yesterday, bringing the total to 98. The number who are currently hospitalized decreased to 56 persons, of whom 17 are in intensive care.   A total ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 4 May):  On Saturday and Sunday over 1,100 were tested but there were no new confirmed cases.  This is the first time in two months that there have been no new confirmed infections. 56,136 persons have been tested for Covid-19.  The cumulative total of people who have ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Quarantine restrictions: The Slovenian government has removed all restrictions on travel outside one’s municipality of residence, but has called on citizens to continue to act responsibly.  Gatherings are still prohibited. Stores will be closed Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 for the Labor Day holiday.  Therefore this Sunday only ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 29 April): Slovenian authorities confirmed ten new cases since yesterday.  The cumulative total of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 is 1,418. There were three additional fatalities yesterday, bringing the total to 89. The number who are currently hospitalized decreased to 75 persons, of whom ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 28 April): Slovenia has tested 2.43% of its population.  A total of 50,290 tests have been performed in Slovenia, with random testing of the population beginning 20 April. Slovenian authorities confirmed 35 new cases since 24 April, including one as a result of the random testing.  The ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 24 April): Slovenian authorities confirmed seven new cases yesterday.  The cumulative total of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 is 1,373. There  was one additional fatality yesterday, bringing the total to 80. The number who are currently hospitalized decreased to 78 persons, of whom 24 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 23 April): Slovenian authorities confirmed 13 new cases yesterday.  The cumulative total of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 is 1,366,  out of 45,703 total tests.    There were no additional fatalities yesterday, with the total remaining at 79. The number who are currently hospitalized ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Borders Two additional border crossings between Italy and Slovenia at Predel and Rateče have reopened to facilitate daily travel for local residents (carrying a special certificate) who have business on the other side of the border.  Both crossing points are open on all days except Sundays and holidays, from 0600-0900, and 1500-1800.   Medical ... Read More»

U.S.-Slovenia Defense Cooperation Provides New Field Ambulances for the Slovenian Armed Forces 

U.S. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard welcomed the delivery of 5 new military field ambulances with Slovenian Defense Minister Matej Tonin at the Port of Koper this morning.  The United States government donated four of the specially-outfitted High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV or “Humvee”), and the Ministry of Defense purchased an additional fifth vehicle. In addition ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 21 April): There are currently 1,344 confirmed cases.  There were no additional deaths yesterday, with the total remaining at 77 fatalities. The number of hospitalized decreased to 87, of whom 25 are in intensive care.  This is the lowest number of hospitalized since March 24. For additional information, see our  Covid-19 page ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Medical situation in Slovenia (as of 20 April): There are currently 1,335 confirmed cases and 77 fatalities. The number of hospitalized decreased to 88, of whom 26 are in intensive care.  193 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital. For additional information, see our  Covid-19 page . Assistance: U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia, Prešernova 31, Ljubljana Email:  LjubljanaACS@state.gov For emergencies only ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Quarantine restriction The Slovenian government has announced a phased reduction in restrictions. Beginning 18 April:  Sports that do not involve close contact such as tennis, golf, bicycling, and jogging will be permitted.  Those with evidence of owning second properties in another municipality can visit those properties. Beginning 20 April:  Home, garden, and hardware stores, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia The Slovenian government plans to begin testing of a random sample of the population to determine scope of coronavirus infections. As of 16 April, Slovenia reported 1,269 confirmed COVID cases and 61 fatalities, with 99 hospitalized, of whom 31 are in intensive care. For additional information, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Services in Slovenia Protective gloves are no longer mandatory in closed public places such as shops, pharmacies and post offices as of 15 April.  Businesses will provide the required hand sanitizer.  (Face masks are still mandatory.) Medical situation in Slovenia: As of 15 April, Slovenia reported 1,248 confirmed COVID cases and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia: As of 8 April, Slovenia reported 1,091 confirmed COVID cases and 40 fatalities, with 111 hospitalized and 35 in intensive care. For additional information, see our  Covid-19 page . Assistance: U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia, Prešernova 31, Ljubljana Email:  LjubljanaACS@state.gov For emergencies only (including afterhours): Tel. +386 1-200-5500. U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia: The Slovenian government announced that it was considering easing certain restrictions as early as 14 April to help restart the economy. As of 7 April, Slovenia reported 1,055 confirmed COVID cases and 36 fatalities, with 111 hospitalized and 31 in intensive care. For additional information, see our  Covid-19 page . ... Read More»

Slovenian-American Friendship Day

Today, our Ambassador and Slovenian President Borut Pahor marked Slovenian-American Friendship Day. The event is usually celebrated in Andraž nad Polzelo, but this year, the event was held appropriately to the current circumstances. In her speech, the Ambassador highlighted the importance of a strong relationship between our two countries, and thanked the people of Slovenia ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:  Medical situation in Slovenia: ·         As of 6 April, Slovenia reported 1,021 confirmed COVID cases and 30 fatalities, with 114 hospitalized and 30 in intensive care. For additional information, see our  Covid-19 page . Assistance: U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia, Prešernova 31, Ljubljana Email:  LjubljanaACS@state.gov For emergencies only (including afterhours): Tel. +386 1-200-5500. U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Medical situation in Slovenia: ·         The Slovenian government spokesman stated that the Slovenian medical system has sufficient staff and equipment right now for the crisis.  However, while the upward curve (number of confirmed cases) has flattened, they have not yet seen a decrease in the number of cases.  Therefore, the current movement restrictions will remain in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Travel within Slovenia: ·         As noted previously, all non-essential travel outside the municipality where you reside is prohibited, and police will be enforcing these restrictions this weekend.  Medical situation in Slovenia: ·        As of April 3, Slovenia reported 934 confirmed COVID cases and 20 fatalities, with 112 hospitalized and 30 in intensive ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Medical situation in Slovenia: ·        The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Slovenia continues to grow, although not at an exponential rate.  Since March 4 the average daily increase of confirmed cases is 24%, but since March 16, the average daily increase has been 9%. ·         As of April 2, Slovenia reported ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American citizen in Slovenia: Legal Stay in Slovenia ·         The Slovenian government announced March 30 that it would automatically extend the legal entry period for foreign nationals currently in Slovenia.  This includes those who entered on visa waiver (normally 90 day stays) and long-term visas, as well as temporary residents.  For this reason, American citizens do not need ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Health Alert: Covid-19 update

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia: Please don’t forget about the  virtual town hall  today (March 30) at 2pm.   Remember that the clocks went forward in Slovenia on March 29.  Daily situation update below. Medical situation in Slovenia: ·         As of March 30, Slovenia reported 730 confirmed COVID cases and 11 fatalities, with 101 hospitalized. Flights ·        The Slovenian government has ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

March 19, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia (25 March 2020)

Location:  Slovenia Event: During this difficult time we wanted to reassure you that the U.S. Embassy remains here and ready to assist you as you either remain in Slovenia or make plans to depart.  We continue to update our  Coronavirus page  daily, including the latest information on border crossings for flights via Vienna and Zagreb. Sincerely, Consul Assistance: ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia

Location:  Slovenia Event: The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the impact of COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia continues to updates its daily  Embassy webpage on COVID-19 . Regular commercial flights to Ljubljana airport have ceased.  U.S. citizens in Slovenia who are considering returning to the United States are urged ... Read More»

Health/Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia (March 15, 2020)

Location: Slovenia Event:  Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Slovenian government has announced that on March 16 public transportation (including inter-city train and bus service) will cease operations.  Taxis for urgent transport will remain.  Cross-border bus and train services have ceased.  The Ljubljana airport is currently open, but many connecting flights from Europe to the United ... Read More»

NEW SLOVENIAN GOVERNMENT

STATEMENT BY THE U.S. EMBASSY UPON CONFIRMATION OF THE NEW SLOVENIAN GOVERNMENT March 13, 2020 The United States congratulates Prime Minister Janez Janša and the new Slovenian government on their confirmation by Parliament.  We look forward to working together, as close friends and NATO Allies, to address current and emerging global challenges as Slovenia prepares ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia (March 5, 2020) Location: Slovenia Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide. On March 4, the Slovenian Ministry of Health announced the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slovenia. On ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – February 2020

In honor of African American History Month (February), we devoted several school visits to this important commemoration of American historical figures. During Mary Wilson’s visit to Slovenia, this iconic performer—a founding member of the legendary group, The Supremes—visited high school students at Gimnazija Šentvid to talk about her own experiences during the civil rights movement ... Read More»

Mary Wilson Shares the Supreme Music and Energy in Slovenia – Video

Every year in the United States, we dedicate the month of February to a celebration of the achievements of African Americans and their critical role in the history of the United States. This is why we were so excited to welcome Mary Wilson, a founding member of the legendary and transformative American group The Supremes ... Read More»

Mary Wilson Shares the Supreme Music and Energy with the Slovenian Audience

  In celebration of Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans in the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana was pleased to sponsor the visit of a prominent voice in African-American musical history – Mary Wilson of the Supremes. One of the most influential and famous groups of the 1960’s, ... Read More»

Ambassador Blanchard Amazed by the Rich Cultural Heritage of Slovenia

Culture is an integral and important part of the Slovenian national identity, and is celebrated every year on Presernov Dan, the Slovenian national cultural commemorating the anniversary of the death of the greatest Slovenian poet dr. France Preseren. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard appreciates Slovenian’s love of history and culture, and has been actively learning about this ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – January 2020

  Political Officer James Peranteau and Marine Security Guard Michael Martel visited Srednja šola Domžale where James introduced the students to the United States, its diversity and history, his home state Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Michael talked about Illinois – the “Land of Lincoln” – and his home town Springfield and the “Windy City” of Chicago. The students had many questions about the United States. Stephanie Barret-Zebre delivered two presentations on the state ... Read More»

OSAC Ljubljana Country Council Launch

American organizations and businesses are invited to learn more about the security environment and mitigating risks by partnering with the Overseas Security Advisory Council in Slovenia.  Join us on January 31st at 9:00.  OSAC enables a security information exchange between local representatives of U.S. private sector organizations and the U.S. government. Event details (PDF 129KB) More information: ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Location: Ljubljana – Congress Square / U.S. Embassy Event:  A protest is scheduled to take place on Saturday January 25, from 1200 to 1400. The protest will be against “wars and militarism,” which may include anti-American sentiment.  The protestors plan to move from Congress Square to the U.S. Embassy on Prešernova Street.  It is expected to ... Read More»

Traditional Christmas Concert with a Ray Charles Twist

What are the holidays without music? Ambassador Lynda Blanchard was thrilled to attend the “Traditional Christmas Concert” in Cankarjev dom in December that featured acclaimed Slovenian music stars like Oto Pestner, Alenka Godec, The New Swing Quarter, Uroš Perić and many other. Uroš Perić joined forces with some iconic singers from the United States, The ... Read More»

Security Alert: Middle East Tensions

Location: Slovenia Event: There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad.  The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings Stay alert in locations frequented by ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – December 2019

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Brian Street, a former lawyer, met with international law students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law. They discussed the challenges of consular and diplomatic law, and its implementation and importance in the real life of an American diplomat. He also discussed the U.S. Embassy’s mission and the functions of ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – November 2019

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard and her family visited the Catering and Tourism High School of Celje. After introducing her home state of Alabama, herself, her family and her career as a business executive and international humanitarian, Ambassador Blanchard was happy to answer all of the students’ questions. They were interested in many things, including education in ... Read More»

Holiday Security: U.S. Travelers To Europe

U.S. Travelers in Europe If you are traveling to Europe this holiday season, please check the website of the U.S. Embassy in the country you will visit for the most recent Security Alerts. During the holiday season, security measures in Europe may be heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks at the Pivka Military Park, 25. November 2019

Good afternoon to all of you – Mayor Marentič, Mayor Smrdelj, General Žurman, General Glavaš. I’d like start by saying thank you to Association Kolut, Studio Proteus, and the makers of this film for capturing the story of such an important and compelling figure in modern history, and to our friends at the Park of ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – October 2019

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard visited the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Children and Adolescents (CIRIUS) in Kamnik, where she met with administrators, teachers, and students, and was inspired by the happy children and the incredible facilities and therapies available. Upon arrival, she was touched by the beautiful decorations prepared in honor of the ... Read More»

Woodwind Quintet Winds Aloft Touring Slovenia

The U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana was pleased to host the United States Air Force woodwind quintet, Winds Aloft in Slovenia. A 5-day tour included school visits and performances in different parts of the country. This outstanding cultural exchange program included six public engagements in different parts of Slovenia. Winds Aloft is based in Ramstein Air ... Read More»

An inspirational visit to CIRIUS Kamnik – Video

  Ambassador Lynda Blanchard visited the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Children and Adolescents (CIRIUS) in Kamnik, where she met with administrators, teachers, and students, and was inspired by the happy children and the incredible facilities and therapies available. Upon arrival, she was touched by the beautiful decorations prepared in honor of ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard Remarks at Women in STEM Roundtable

  Good afternoon and thank you so much for joining me for this very special event. I’d like to extend a special warm welcome to Dr. Binsted, who we’re very excited to host this week. She is such an incredibly accomplished scientist, and a fantastic ambassador for our country. And Dr. Stojmenova Duh (stoy-MEN-oh-vah dooh), ... Read More»

Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today” Video

What does it mean to be a Slovenian-American today? You can find out by visiting the newly-opened “Slovenians in the U.S. today” exhibit curated and sponsored by Joe Valencic which recently debuted in the small park in front of the Slovenian National Archives. Joe Valencic is an American with Slovenian roots who writes and lectures ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy, Ljubljana, Slovenia Adria Airways – Ongoing Cancellations

30 September 2019 Location: Airports Event: Adria Airways, the primary carrier serving Slovenia, continues to cancel most of its flights due to the company’s financial situation.  Travelers report that it is very difficult to contact Adria Airways at this time.  Other airlines serving Ljubljana have increased their capacity.           Actions to Take: Consider taking ground transport ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – September 2019

The U.S. Embassy Ljubljana Speaker Program is one of our most popular youth engagement programs. Invitations to visit schools throughout Slovenia increase every year, and we try to visit as many as we can! This year, we have already visited two schools in September. Our new Ambassador, Lynda Blanchard, was quick to volunteer to visit ... Read More»

Alert: Adria Airways / Planned Demonstration

Alert:  Adria Airways / Planned Demonstration 25 September 2019 1)    Adria Airways  Location: Airports Event: Slovenia’s Adria Airways has temporarily suspended most of its operations due to financial difficulties as of September 24. Other international airports within a 2.5 hour drive of Ljubljana include Trieste, Zagreb, and Venice.           Actions to Take: Those with tickets on Adria ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard Remarks at CEED/World Chicago “Start. Fail. Scale.”

Good morning, and thank you all for inviting me to join you. I couldn’t be happier to be among so many committed entrepreneurs from around the region. Truth be told, I feel at home in the business community, and I appreciate the chance to share in the excitement today. A warm welcome to my American ... Read More»

The Artificial Intelligence with Joseph Dumoulin

Embassy organized a week long program about the artificial intelligence with Joseph Dumoulin, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Verint Intelligent Self-Service. He addressed  AI from all perspectives: from talking to politicians and policy-makers about societal impact, to experts about very specific case-studies, giving advice, and addressing the general public with a broader overview. From the ... Read More»

SEI 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGvdR4ijAzA The 8th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI) 2019 July program in Ljubljana gave 20 select Slovenian university students a US-style hands-on look into how economics, business and entrepreneurship work in the real world through 20+ site visits, targeted lectures and expert talks, as well as a Lean Start Up program by US Professor of Entrepreneurship ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Lynda C. Blanchard aboard USS Porter

Koper, August 30, 2019 Good Morning. Thank you all for being here to help us welcome Commander Craig Trent and the entire crew of the USS Porter to Slovenia.  Having a U.S. destroyer docked in the Port of Koper is a powerful symbol of our enduring bilateral defense relationship, and of the contributions we make ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State turns 230

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the U.S. Department of State 230th Anniversary Celebration REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 29, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you all.  And good afternoon.  I hope everybody’s enjoying this birthday  celebration .  That was a stirring video, and I want to thank all of the former Secretaries for participating in it.  Each of ... Read More»

Jason Cale Band Video

The Jason Cale Band spread their outstanding jazz, blues and rock sound—and their amazing energy—on and off stage in Ljubljana, Trbovlje and Ravne na Koroškem. They performed at the LENT Festival, the biggest summer festival in Maribor and concluded their visit at the Gora Rocka Festival. It was an explosive and engaging exchange, and the ... Read More»

Jason Cale Band Brings Blues-rock-funky Fusion to Slovenia

The end of June was dedicated to a happy excess of great American music around Slovenia. The 10-day tour by The Jason Cale Band in Slovenia, organized and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, included concerts in widely different parts of the country. This outstanding cultural exchange program included six public engagements in different ... Read More»

Do Your Dance with Kenny Garrett in Nova Gorica

What could be better than to end The 23rd International meeting of saxophonists in Slovenia – SAXGO19 with a concert by one of the “most admired alto saxophonists in the jazz world,” as Kenny Garrett has been described by the New York Times. Grammy Award-winning American post-bop jazz saxophonist and flautist Kenny Garrett gained recognition ... Read More»

Yonatan Gat and Eastern Medicine Singers at Druga Godba Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana was proud to support the 30th International Druga Godba Festival offering a diverse and intensive musical program presenting the trends and latest developments in the world of traditional and urban music. The festival featured an experimental guitarist, composer and bandleader based in New York, Yonatan Gat performing with members of ... Read More»

Power of Jazz Presented at 60th Ljubljana Jazz Festival

  The U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana supported the 60th Annual Ljubljana Jazz Festival, which brought the great jazz artists together for a series of incredible concerts. The festival featured some of the best jazz musicians from the United States, including Brooklyn-based “fusion-influenced jam band” Snarky Puppy – an innovative group combining jazz, rock, and funk ... Read More»

First-ever Let It Roll Music Film Festival

On this, the anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the U.S. Embassy was proud to support the first edition of the “Let It Roll” Music Film Festival featuring the documentary “Free to Rock”, directed by Jim Brown. Featuring interviews with Jimmy Carter, Billy Joel, and many other influential figures from ... Read More»

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: Slovenia

The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom  describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. -2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: Slovenia ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – June 2019

The U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Klaudius Robinson visited a middle school in Ljubljana, OŠ Toneta Čufarja. His presentation on the State of Hawaii brought some refreshment to the classroom on a hot summer day. Since LTC Robinson lived in Hawaii while attending high school, he enriched the presentation with his own adventures and experiences there. The students asked him a lot of questions and wanted ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Gautam Rana, Independence Day Celebration 2019

The Ambassador’s Residence, Ljubljana, June 29, 2018 Dober dan in dobrodošli na praznovanju 243. rojstnega dneva ZDA Spoštovani gostje, po treh letih v vaši lepi deželi mi je zelo žal, da je moja slovenščina katastrofalna. Da vaša ušesa ne bodo preveč trpela, bom danes govoril angleško. As you look around today, or even just at ... Read More»

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report for Slovenia

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. For earlier versions of the ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation to the Three Seas Initiative

U.S. delegation to the Three Seas Initiative  covered lots of ground today in Ljubljana – literally and figuratively. “We want to be your partner. For the U.S., this is an important country from the standpoint of building a deeper, stronger relationship than we already have.” – Secretary Rick Perry Photographs courtesy of Luka Dakskobler Read More»

Former American-Slovenian Astronaut Ronald Sega Visits Slovenia

In the year when the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we were fortunate to catch the American astronaut with Slovenian roots Ronald Sega (his grand-parents were born in Loški potok) who recently visited Slovenia. Dr. Sega was invited by the Engineering Academy of Slovenia, which presented him an honorable membership award.  During his stay, Dr. Sega also visited the Faculty of Mechanical ... Read More»

Slovenian Fulbright scholarship recipients video

Every year a number of Slovenians head to the USA through the Fulbright program to conduct academic and research work at US universities and other institutions. Check out this video of some recently returned Slovenian Fulbright researchers and academics and see what they have to say about their time in the US. Would you like ... Read More»

Visit to Maribor

Mayor Aleksander Saša Arsenovič hosted Economic & Commercial Officer Don Baker, 14 chiefs of mission, and Foreign Minister Miro Cerar on May 24 to discuss the mayor’s economic revitalization program for downtown Maribor and opportunities for cooperation between embassies and the municipality. Afterward, the mayor treated his guests to a walking tour of downtown Maribor, ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – May 2019

    Deputy Public Affairs Officer Brian Street joined Slovenian and international students at the Faculty of Administration where he briefly introduced himself and the embassy’s activities, and answered questions on how to become a diplomat, diplomatic life, and the key parts of diplomacy. The students were also interested in political and economic differences and ... Read More»

The Future of NATO: Between Integration and Enlargement

All the panelist at the Salient 2019 – Youth Conference organized by the United Nations Association Slovenia agreed that NATO remains the most successful alliance in the history and that Slovenia continues to prove to be a reliable ally.  Charge d’Affaires emphasized how the Transatlantic integration has produced the world’s most modern and capable defense and ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – April 2019

The Embassy’s Information Management Officer, Patricia Rainey, visited middle school OŠ Ig. Ms. Rainey prepared a presentation about the importance of education and explained that education not only gives us knowledge and helps us build opinions but also allows us to see the world in different ways. She also talked about a difference between diversity ... Read More»

Disaster Preparedness, Prevention and Management Workshop: A Case Study on Flooding

“We do not want to meet at a disaster, we want to know each other before we get there”. Mr. Michael Willis from the Colorado Office of Emergency Management led a session at a recent crisis response workshop with this important warning. That’s why the United States was proud to collaborate with Slovenian government agencies ... Read More»

From Nomination to Ambassador

The President’s nominee as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, Ms. Lynda Blanchard, was voted “out of committee” on April 3. Her nomination was then pending before the entire U.S. Senate. What does this all mean? What comes next? Our Prezi explains the steps that an Ambassador-designate takes in their confirmation process before they can arrive in ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – March 2019

Economic and Commercial Officer, Dr. William Don Baker visited Gimnazija Franc Miklošič, a general high school in Ljutomer that hosted an international debate club attended by 140 participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Upon the school’s request, Dr. Baker discussed entrepreneurship, American entrepreneurs, small businesses, start-ups, and ... Read More»

American Culture Week Video

Photographer Jesse Burke and a writer Manuel Gonzales visited Kamnik, where they implemented workshops and presented their work to Slovenian audiences. During their stay in Slovenia the two artists explore the country and got very excited about the Slovenian landscape and culture. The world’s hidden jam is what they called it. Each artist learned a ... Read More»

A Week of Spreading American Culture in Kamnik

In cooperation with the public institution Mekinje Monastery, the U.S. Embassy sponsored a week-long program in Kamnik featuring two acclaimed American artists, Jesse Burke and Manuel Gonzales. Jesse is a photographer whose inspiring work has been featured in galleries across the U.S., and who was included by Time Magazine in the top 50 US photographers ... Read More»

#HiddenNoMore

There is no limit to what women can, and should, achieve. Especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This was the message of Dr. Emilija Stojmenova Duh’s recent programs in Maribor and Ljubljana. Dr. Duh, a recent IVLP alumna from the #HiddenNoMore program, worked with the embassy to organize screenings of the ... Read More»

Escape Junk News

What’s real? What’s fake? How do you tell the difference? To help students, teachers, academics and journalists find the answer, NewseumED and Zavod Časoris kicked off a project last week on media literacy, beginning with educator Jessi McCarthy’s visit to Slovenia. Through multiple dynamic workshops for teachers, members of the public, journalists, students, and academia, this program—supported by the U.S. Embassy—taught attendees the Newsem’s E.S.C.A.P.E. model, featuring six ways to evaluate online information and ... Read More»

Enriching Museum Programs Through Cultural Exchange

In cooperation with the Slovenian Museum Association, we sponsored a week-long program on museum management best practices—including dynamic storytelling and narrative creation—conducted by Hannah Kellogg and Jodi Larson from Museums Unbound. Collectively, Hannah and Jodi have been working in the museum world for nearly three decades, from history museums and living history sites, to nature centers and art museums. Their program consisted of interactive workshops that ... Read More»

Museum Management Project Video

Hannah Kellogg and Jodi Larson from Museums Unbound visited Slovenia to conduct workshops for representatives of a wide array of Slovenian cultural institutions. During these fun and engaging events with their Slovene colleagues, they also got a first-hand-look at the depth of the Slovenian cultural scene. Not only did they enjoy the unique cultural heritage of this amazing country, they were also impressed by the rich and diverse ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – January and February 2019

Biodiversity and how America uses its land were the topic that Public Affairs Officer J.B. Leedy discussed with the college students at the Bio-technical Educational Center in Ljubljana. The students of Ljubljana middle school OŠ Hinka Smrekarja had a relaxed discussion with Deputy Public Affairs Officer Brian Street, asking him questions about U.S. states, whether American students learn foreign ... Read More»

Advancing Women in Science and Technology

The award-winning film Hidden Figures inspired viewers across the world with the true story of the courageous and talented African American women whose contributions at NASA in the 1960s significantly contributed to putting the first U.S. astronaut into orbit. This film, and the positive momentum around it, sparked an International Visitor Leadership Program that brings ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – December 2018

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Brian Street, a former lawyer, met with international law students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law. They discussed consular and diplomatic law, and its implementation and importance in the real life of an American diplomat. Economic and Commercial Officer, Dr. Don Baker—a former professor—discussed the American presidency to a middle school students of OŠ Stična – Branch School Zagradec. ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia

Location: Ljubljana, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including Slovenia.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. Actions ... Read More»

Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. Good morning to all of you; thank you for joining me here today. It’s wonderful to be in this beautiful place, to get a chance to make a set of remarks about ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – November 2018

Embassy speaker’s program engaged youth in five different Slovenian schools in November.  American diplomats discussed American society, values, and culture with the students. In two events, we were even fortunate enough to meet with the Mayors of the towns we visited! As we do every year, we participated at the OŠ Komenda Moste English middle school English language weekend. Stephanie Barrett-Zebre discussed the diversity ... Read More»

YTILI Program

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) program empowers young European entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks, and resources they need to grow their enterprises and contribute more fully to economic development and job creation, security, and good governance in the region. YTILI is also a vehicle for building a transatlantic network of innovators ... Read More»

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Embassy Ljubljana hosted three speakers in the last month to talk about cybersecurity issues, countering disinformation, and cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology in recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Dr. David Fahkrenkurg from Georgetown University stressed the need for Slovenia to set priorities within cybersecurity strategies, and emphasized the need to take a holistic and comprehensive approach ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – October 2018

We visited six schools in October! General Service Officer Julia Stanley visited the High School for Health Care in Celje. Ms. Stanley served in the Air Force and lived in 12 different countries worldwide. Her nomadic life was a source of many interesting stories and adventures that she shared with the students.  She also talked ... Read More»

Slovenia, Rock On with “On the Rocks” A Cappella Group

For four days Slovenia was “rocking” it with the singers from the On The Rocks a cappella group from the University of Oregon. An all-male group originally formed in 1999, On The Rocks has produced seven studio albums, multiple viral videos, been featured on NBC’s The Sing Off, gone on numerous national tours, and performed ... Read More»

Moon Museum Lands in Slovenia

For nearly 20 years, Jade Dellinger, the Director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, has been curating groundbreaking art projects and exhibitions, among them the Moon Museum project. During his visit to Slovenia last week, Mr. Dellinger spoke about how the Moon Museum (which is, in reality, a microchip-sized compendium of several well-known artists work) was ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Leadership Talks Business in Maribor

Chargé d’Affaires Gautam Rana visited Maribor October 11 to discuss economic and commercial affairs with local business leaders under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leaders Club.  Rana also met with Director Maja Tomanič Vidovič to learn more about the Slovenian Enterprise Fund’s programs to support Slovenian small- and medium-sized businesses and ... Read More»

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2020 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2020)

Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website:  www.dvlottery.state.gov  during the registration period.  DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-instructions.html . INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2020 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2020)   (PDF 482 KB) 2020 DIVERSITY VISA (DV) PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS (PDF 470 KB)   Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – September 2018

Our first school visit of the new school year took us to a middle school in Videm, OŠ Dobrepolje. Stephanie Barret-Zebre introduced the state of Hawaii, and spoke about more than 30 other states that she has lived in or visited. After her presentation that was packed with beautiful scenery from Hawaii, she answered questions from more than 50 eager students on a wide ... Read More»

Integrated Country Strategy – Slovenia

Mission Slovenia’s 2018-22 Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) represents the Chief of Mission’s goals and objectives and articulates U.S. priorities in Slovenia.  The Department of State and other U.S. government agencies at Embassy Ljubljana crafted the ICS through a coordinated and collaborative strategic planning effort, based on the President’s National Security Strategy as well as the Department of State’s ... Read More»

Country-Western in the Heart of Slovenia

What could be more American than a traditional Western cookout?  A party with grills, American BBQ, cowboy boots, country music, line dance, pony rides, and a mechanical bull!  All this and more was presented to Slovenians as part of the Wild West Fest that took place at Lake Zbilje in mid-August.  The U.S. Embassy in ... Read More»

New Slovenian Government

STATEMENT BY THE U.S. EMBASSY September 13, 2018 The United States congratulates Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and the new Slovenian government on their confirmation by Parliament.  We welcome the new government’s commitment to U.S.-Slovenia relations, and trust that our cooperation will continue to expand in the coming years. As friends and NATO Allies, the United States and ... Read More»

Summer Economics Institute 2018 – 19

US and Slovenian students came together to make a great internship program! The 7th annual SEI 2018 program is aimed at giving university students a hands-on look at how economics, business and entrepreneurship work through sites visits, targeted lectures and expert talks in a variety of fields, as well as a Lean Start Up program ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2018

The Ambassador’s Residence, Ljubljana, June 28, 2018 President of the National Council Kovšca, Minister Židan, colleagues of the diplomatic corps, dragi gostje, dragi prijatelji, dober večer in dobrodošli.  Welcome to this celebration of the 242nd anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. I want to extend a special welcome to Major General Michael ... Read More»

4th of July Reception 2018

4th of July is the day when Americans celebrate the birth of their country.  It is tradition to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks – either at a large public display, or a smaller gathering with friends and family.  There may not have been fireworks at Ambassador Hartley’s the residence, but we’re glad everyone enjoyed the ... Read More»

Mission Speaker Program – June 2018

The education system, schools and school life in the United States were the topics that Gimnazija Koper students were most interested in discussing during our recent visit.  After Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin briefly introduced the U.S. Embassy’s activities, he answered many student questions together with Marine Security Guards Sgt. Jonathan Trei and  Sgt. ... Read More»

Music Exchange Program with Pianist Linda Holzer

At the end of May, U.S. Embassy Ljubljana hosted Dr. Linda Holzer for a music exchange program in Slovenia.  Dr. Holzer is a pianist and a professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Holzer has been heard in concert in 30 states, including at ... Read More»

Smithsonian Gardens Pollination Investigation Panels Opening at UL Botanic Garden

The US Embassy Ljubljana, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Gardens-Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the University of Ljubljana Botanic Garden, opened the  Smithsonian Pollinator Garden  “Pollination Investigation” educational panels exhibit at the University of Ljubljana Botanic Garden on Friday, May 25, 2018. The opening was co-hosted by H.E. Brent R. Hartley US Ambassador to Slovenia and mag. Dejan ... Read More»

Award Ceremony for Slovenian Special Operations Unit

01 September 2013 to 10 May 2014, a multi-national unit consisting of 28 American and Slovenian Special Forces Soldiers, were assigned to the Special Operations Task Unit (SOTU) in Laghman, Eastern Afghanistan, serving as tactical advisors (High Risk Arrest, Armed Reconnaissance, Cordon and Search) to a 115 man Provincial Response Company (PRC), advancing security objectives in ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – May 2018

We visited seven Slovenian schools in May! Political Officer Christopher Mondloch and U.S. Marine Security Guards Sgt. Eddie Montano and Cpl. Nicholas Jackson visited OŠ Žetale.  Ninety students from ages from 6 to 14, along with the school’s principal and teachers, welcomed the three, who introduced themselves, talked about the activities of the U.S. Embassy, offered some facts about the United States, and answered many student questions. Assistant Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin ... Read More»

Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP), Regional Countering Violent Extremism Course

Chargé d’Affaires Gautam Rana attended the opening of an international counterterrorism conference focused on  “Violent Extremism and Radicalization Processes as Driving Factors to Terrorism Threats on Western Balkans and Security Implications to Europe”, which started in Maribor on 22 May. The conference is co-sponsored by the Regional Defense Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) and the ... Read More»

2019-2020 FULBRIGHT PROGRAM COMPETITION IS OPEN

Application deadline extended: July 27, 2018  The Embassy of the United States of Slovenia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Program competition for the 2019-2020 academic year for Slovenian Visiting (Post-Doctoral) candidates and Slovenian (Pre-Doctoral) Visiting research student candidates in the United States. Learn more/Apply     Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – April 2018

We visited eight Slovenian schools in April! For the first time in a few years, we visited OŠ Staneta Žagarja in Lipnica again. About 90 middle school students were interested in U.S. diplomat’s activities and the comparison between Slovene and U.S. culture. Public Affairs Officer Philip Beekman also talked about the modern day issue of ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Hosts Religious Leaders to Celebrate Religious Freedom

On April 17, Ambassador Hartley hosted Monsignor Stanislav Zore, archbishop of Ljubljana, Dr. Nedžad Grabus, mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia, and Rabbi Ariel Haddad, chief rabbi of Slovenia, to discuss religious freedom and issues of concern to Slovenia’s Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities. Archbishop Zore, Mufti Grabus, and Rabbi Haddad said Slovenia’s ... Read More»

Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP)

Regional Countering Violent Extremism Course Maribor, Slovenia 21 – 24 May 2018 This three-day executive seminar is the 9th iteration of CT focused event in Slovenia.  The event will focus on “Violent Extremism and Radicalization Processes as Driving Factors to Terrorism Threats on Western Balkans and Security Implications to Europe”. The conference is co-sponsored by ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – March 2018

We visited students at nine different Slovenia schools in March!  Assistant Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin, U.S. Marine Security Guards Sergeant Eddie Montano and Sergeant Jonathan Trei visited Gimnazija Nova Gorica to talk to about 140 high school students about various Embassy activities, their hometowns, and offered some comparisons between Slovenia and the United States. They also answered students’ questions.  After meeting the students, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Visits TPV Group

On March 19, Ambassador Brent Hartley met with TPV Group President Marko Gorjup, Board Chairman Vladimir Gregor Bahč, Deputy President Tomaž Savšek, and Business Unit Director Ignac Bakše to discuss the automotive industry supplier’s European operations and tour its facilities in Novo Mesto and Velika Loka.  With six plants and more than 1,200 employees, TPV ... Read More»

NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik Visits Slovenia

U.S. Embassy Ljubljana hosted NASA astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, who returned from ISS Expedition 52/53 in December 2017 after spending 139 days in space. He previously went to space in 2009. Mr. Bresnik traces his Slovenian ancestry to Ljubno and Luce in Logarska dolina, where his great-grandparents emigrated from when they came to the U.S. ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Welcomes American Fulbrighters in Slovenia

Ambassador Hartley welcomed the entire group of American Fulbrighters in Slovenia—5 post-doctorate fellows and 2 students—into his home last week to discuss their research and teaching projects in Slovenia. All were very excited about their placement in Slovenia and had nothing but positive things to say about their hosts as well as time so far ... Read More»

Summer Economics Institute Program 2018 – Slovenian Students Apply Now!

The US Embassy and AmCham Slovenia invite Slovenian students to apply for the Summer Economics Institute (SEI) 2018 Program, a hands-on experience in Business, Economics & Entrepreneurship in Ljubljana! Do you want to: Learn about business and economics, even if they are not your field? See what it takes to become an entrepreneur? Participate in ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – February 2018

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana visited EU Parliamentarian Lojze Peterle’s Office in Ljubljana to discuss with the students from Gimnazija Jožeta Plečnika immigration and how it has shaped the United States.  Included in the discussion were immigration history and population by race and ethnicity (actual and projected), immigration diversity, and civil rights in the U.S. He ... Read More»

SelectUSA Investment Summit

The fifth  SelectUSA Investment Summit  is set for June 20-22, 2018, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C., area.  The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment in the United States.  The 2018 Summit will bring together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Visits the Community of Škofja Loka

On February 14, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the community of Škofja Loka, where he discussed community development and the local economy with Mayor Miha Ješe.  Afterward, the Ambassador  attended a Business Leaders Club luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the state of the economy with local business leaders and touted ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Presents SelectUSA Program to Business Leaders

On February 13, Ambassador Brent Hartley hosted more than 20 leaders from private sector Slovenian companies interested in exporting to or investing in the United States, as well as representatives from Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SPIRIT Slovenia, and American Chamber of Commerce.  As Slovenia’s export-based economy grows, Ambassador ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Opens the Exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders”

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Piran Mayor Peter Bossman February 7 to open the exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders” at Aquarium in Piran. The exhibition showcases the remarkable photographic creations of University of Washington professor Adam Summers alongside the poetry of Sierra Nelson. Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – January 2018

General Service Officer Julia Stanley, together with partner Doug Allen, visited 100 students at OŠ Hudinja in Celje. Ms. Stanley has lived in 15 different countries and nine of America’s 50 states. Her nomadic life was a source of many interesting stories and adventures that she recounted to the students. Mr. Allen also spoke of his home state of Mississippi. They students asked several questions about their private and professional ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Visits Idrija

On February 6, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the western Slovenian community of Idrija, where he met with the management team of Kolektor Group, a multinational company headquartered in Slovenia with operations in more than 30 countries producing highly specialized mobility components and systems for the European, Asian, and North American automotive industries.  Kolektor’s subsidiaries are ... Read More»

106th Rescue Wing Reconnects with Rescued Slovenian Seaman

Ambassador Hartley had the honor to meet eight members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing who were in the region for training and took the opportunity to visit Slovenia to follow up with a Slovenian seaman they rescued after a cargo carrier ship explosion in the mid-Atlantic in April 2017. This ... Read More»

Donation Supports Flood Forecasting and Warning System for the Sava River Basin

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Majcen February 2nd for a ceremony marking the U.S. donation of computer equipment for flood forecasting and warning in the Sava River basin.  The project supports the development of a regional flood warning system in the countries of the International Sava River Basin ... Read More»

American Music – Celebrating Global Icon Elvis Presley

A tribute to the music of Elvis Presley thrilled Ljubljana on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Ambassador Hartley joined a crowd of dedicated Elvis fans from Slovenia and the region for an evening of music from the TCB Band, Dennis Jale, and Sam’s Fever. TCB Band members formed the core rhythm section of ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson travels to London, Paris, Warsaw, and Davos

On January 21, he will arrive in London, where he will meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill to discuss our cooperation on issues of mutual concern around the world, including Iran, Syria, Libya, the D.P.R.K. and Ukraine. While in Paris on January 23, he will meet with senior French ... Read More»

US-China Relations

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana delivered opening remarks as University of Ljubljana Economics Faculty professor and Fulbright alumni Matevž Raškovič delivered a presentation on the history of US-China relations, the subject of his Fulbright research at Harvard University. In addition to his interesting lecture, Professor Raškovič emphasized the importance of international exchange and how ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – December 2017

Economic Officer Don Baker introduced his home state of Arkansas to 9th graders at OŠ Polje in Ljubljana. His presentation included an overview of key facts, geography, points of interest, famous Arkansans, including former President Bill Clinton, and Arkansas’capital Little Rock. After the presentation he answered a wide range of questions, most of them were about a diplomatic life, how ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Hosts guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF)

Ambassador Hartley hosted distinguished guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF), including Minister for Slovenians Abroad Gorazd Žmavc, on December 21 to celebrate the 2017 ASEF fellows.  ASEF was created in 2014 to build academic bridges between the U.S. and Slovenia by sending young Slovenian scholars to the U.S.  The 2017 class ... Read More»

A New National Security Strategy for a New Era

The publication of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a milestone for any presidency. A statutorily mandated document, the NSS explains to the American people, U.S. allies and partners, and federal agencies how the President intends to put his national security vision into practice on behalf of fellow citizens. First and foremost, President Donald J. ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Hosts Christmas Party

In the spirit of the season, Ambassador Hartley hosted a festive Christmas gathering. The Ambassador was pleased to catch up with friends and colleagues and discuss what had happened in 2017 and what 2018 has in store. Everybody enjoyed the Christmas carols performed by Big band Grosuplje. Ambassador Hartley wished everyone much joy and happiness ... Read More»

“WE Inspire”

  Ambassador Hartley was thrilled to welcome 20 inspiring female entrepreneurs into his home to celebrate their start-ups and hand out special prizes to three recipients. This event was the final event from a yearlong campaign in which the Embassy partnered with CEED Slovenija entitled “WE Inspire.” Photo Courtesy of Janez Kotar   Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder, December 7, 2017

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Embassy Ljubljana reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ... Read More»

November 30th European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of ... Read More»

Digital Diplomacy

In partnership with the Center for European Perspective and the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy participated in a three-day gathering which focused on digital diplomacy. Over 70 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine and Slovenia participated as the group heard views from public and private digital communicators ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – November 2017

  Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin visited the Vocational College for Food Technology at Biotechnical Educational Center in Ljubljana where he discussed different foods in the United States. His presentation was also focused on New York diverse food options as a result of diverse New York City culture and impact of French and Creole cuisine ... Read More»

Studying in the U.S.

To celebrate International Education Week, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin and Darinka Trček from the EducationUSA at the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia visited two groups of students at the Second Gymnasium in Maribor (II. Gimnazija Maribor). The first group of students were focused on specific details of studying ... Read More»

100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Kobarid

Ambassador Hartley joined with other members of the Tolmin Alpine Club in a hike to Krnsko jezero on Saturday, November 11, to participate in a 100th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Kobarid, which shifted hostilities from the “Isonzo” front into Italy. Minister of Defense Katič was the guest of honor at the lake-side event ... Read More»

Harvard University Alumni

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to invite Slovenian alumni of Harvard University into his residence for a reception in their honor. This wide-ranging group of distinguished guests included Harvard undergraduate, graduate and PhD recipients, Harvard Business School attendees, Fulbright and Ron Brown program participants, and American-Slovenian Education Fellows (ASEF). Read More»

U.S. Mission Speaker Program – October 2017

Various American diplomats from the U.S. Embassy visited six Slovenian schools in October. General Service Officer Julia Stanley and Marine Security Guard Nicholas Jackson visited OŠ Stična branch school in Višnja Gora and had a lively discussion with 40 middle school students. Captain Jonathan Tyler McAnally visited 2 middle schools, one in Dobrepolje and the other one in Mojstrana, where ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley’s Remarks at the Conference on Cyber Security

Introductory Remarks, Conference on Cyber Security, Institute Jozef Stefan, November 8, 2017 Dober dan.  Hvala vam za povabilo. I’m incredibly pleased that the U.S. Embassy could help support today’s event in partnership with SI-CERT and the Jozef Stefan Institute. We welcome our developing bilateral cooperation on cyber issues and I only expect this to continue to grow as ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Visits University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law

Ambassador Hartley and Consular Chief Amy Lorenzen met with students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law on November 2. The wide-ranging discussion covered topics ranging from international and consular law to the functions of a diplomatic mission and the role of a diplomat.  Thanks to the Faculty of Law for initiating the visit ... Read More»

Invitation to the EducationUSA Regional Fairs

EducationUSA is organizing two regional fairs promoting U.S. law schools. America has some of the world’s best law schools, so anyone interested in learning more should consider visiting the fairs in Vienna and Zagreb. To learn more please see EducationUSA Sejem LLM programov 2017 and/or  Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia   Read More»

Ambassador Hartley meets The Queen of Swing

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to welcome the legendary Norma Miller, known to many as The Queen of Swing, to Slovenia in early October.  Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller ... Read More»

Digital Communication Network Exchange Program in the U.S.

Application Deadline –  November 12, 2017, Apply now! Attention Slovenian Digital Communicators: We are announcing a new Digital Communication Network exchange program in the U.S.,  March 11-28, 2017 If you use or create digital tools in media, entrepreneurship, NGOs and social movements and e-government apply now at: https://worldlearninginnovanddev.wufoo.com/forms/m1ubdws13oqo9p/. Applicants for the program should be digital communication professionals, ... Read More»

EducationUSA Higher Education Fair

Attend an information session on admission to highly selective colleges in US with the admission representatives of Columbia, Dartmouth, and Princeton on Sunday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at EducationUSA Center, Dunajska 22, 6th floor, Room 332, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Please join us by registering at:  https://apply.dartmouth.edu/register/slovenia You can find more information on EducationUSA web site . Read More»

Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the World War II

Ambassador Hartley gives remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the Second World War” on October 1. The exhibition is located in near the village of Otok in the Municipality of Metlika.  It tells the story of this region and its people during ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana Talks to Slovene Students

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana visited Biotehniški izobraževalni center to discuss with students immigration and how it has shaped the United States. Following the presentation, DCM Rana and the students engaged in discussion on a variety of topics. In the end, the students surprised him with an American flag cremsnita which they had baked ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Speaks on the Future of U.S.-Europe Relations

Ambassador Hartley spoke to the members of the Slovenian International Relations Association (SDMO) on September 26, 2017 about the future of U.S.-Europe relations.  He noted that the transatlantic relationship has laid the foundation for unprecedented freedom, stability, and prosperity in much of the world and that Europe has been and will remain our indispensable partner ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley hands out award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers

Ambassador Hartley was happy to award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and the Great American International Wine Competition. Slovenian wine makers won an impressive 85 medals (four double-gold, 23 gold, 40 silver and 16 bronze) at the two American competitions. After medals were handed out, Ambassador Hartley had ... Read More»

Temporary Border: Life and Longing in Zone A

Ambassador Hartley and Chief of the Office for Defense Cooperation Steve Pena attended the opening of the exhibition entitled “Temporary Border: Life and Longing in Zone A (1945- 1947).” The exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the western Slovenian border and is devoted to an outline of existential relations in the area ... Read More»

The 6th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI)

The 6th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI) 2017 held its Final Event on August 30, 2017 at the NLB Center za inovativno podjetništvo (CIP) for the 19 Slovenian university students who took part this year. Ambassador Brent R. Hartley and AmCham Slovenia Executive Director Ajsa Vodnik spoke about this innovative program, which is jointly organized ... Read More»

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. [See: Holidays observed by the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia ] Technically, the United States does not celebrate national holidays, but Congress has ... Read More»

International Students Day – Online University Fair

Wednesday, August 30 at 4 AM – 4 PM EDT Need help getting started with university admissions? Join us for CollegeWeekLive’s International Students Day, a free online college fair on August 30th. Plus, get expert advice on starting your applications, writing essays, and getting the best scores. This is your chance to chat with Notre Dame, NYU, and 85+ other schools, as well as EducationUSA advisers. Read More»

European Day of Remembrance Commemoration

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana and Study Center for National Reconciliation Director Dr. Andreja Valič Zver commemorated the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of All Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes by laying a wreath at the U.S. Embassy’s plaque recognizing Slovene victims of fascism and communism.   Read More»

Ambassador Hartley makes cheese

Ambassador Hartley had a terrific time learning “hands on” about alpine dairies and cheese-making.  Recently hosted by the Lipušček-Miklavič family at Planina Medrje, he helped to milk the cows – including mucking out the milking house afterward — and to make Tolminc cheese and skuta.  Learning traditional dairying methods in such a spectacular natural setting ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Visits Gorenjska

Ambassador Hartley and other US Embassy staff visited international company Atotech, producer of specialty chemicals. Director Mariana Karla Rebernik explained the history of the company and showed how their products are made.  Mayor of Radovljica, Ciril Globočnik joined the meeting and explained future projects of Radovljica municipality.  Ambassador also visited a Slovenian company Euro Plus ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Meets American Actor John Malkovich

Ambassador Hartley spent a pleasant evening attending a sold-out concert by Italian chamber orchestra Solisti Aquilani. The second part of the evening, American superstar John Malkovich joined the program,interpreting excerpts from Ernesto Sabato’s novel “On Heroes and Tombs.” John Malkovich is a versatile actor who performed in over 70 movies and is a two-time Academy Award nominee. Photos Courtesy of Sašo ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley meets Archie Shepp

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to attend the concert by legendary jazz musician Archie Shepp, who performed last Friday night as part of the 58th Ljubljana Jazz Festival. The concert was a tribute to the fabulous jazz performer John Coltrane, who Shepp worked with in 1965 on Coltrane’s legendary free-jazz album Ascension.  Shepp performed in Ljubljana ... Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

In releasing the  2017 Trafficking in Persons report , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called  human trafficking  “one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.” The report assesses trafficking in 187 countries, including the United States, and emphasizes the need to hold traffickers accountable and prosecute them. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who joined Tillerson for the report ... Read More»

GeoBioBlitz in Triglav National Park

Watch our video of the GeoBioBlitz in Triglav National Park, June 16-17, to see Americans and Slovenians coming together document biodiversity and learn about geology-geomorphology in the Vrata Valley at the north face of Triglav! Two great days with experts from Triglav National Park, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, US Park ... Read More»

Slovenska Filantropija and U.S. Embassy Partner to Help Support and Integrate Refugees in Slovenia

In honor of World Refugee Day, the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and Slovenska Filantropija are pleased to announce a $25,000 project funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.  The one-time grant will provide critical start-up funds to develop a community center to assist refugees and asylum-seeking children and families, as ... Read More»

To Hell and Back

During World War II, 142 American Aircraft crashed in Slovenia. Our Embassy was very happy to support the development of an information portal collecting data on all American planes that were downed over Slovenian territory during the WWII prepared by the Park of military history Pivka, as part of the exhibition “To Hell and Back”. ... Read More»

Visit to Municipality of Cerkvenjak and Venetina War Memorial

Representatives of the U.S. Military Captain Tyler McAnnaly, Master Sergeant Kim Paradise and the embassy Marine Security Guard Sergeant Brandon Field visited the Mayor and Municipality of Cerkvenjak, discussing America and their experiences in Slovenia with local students from OŠ Cerkvenjak, also looking at the new kindergarden. They also attended a commemoration ceremony at a ... Read More»

The Beginning of a Sister Parks Relationship

A delegation from Crater Lake National Park (Oregon, U.S.) visited Triglav National Park where TNP officials led them on a three-day familiarization tour. They learned about and discussed common issues that they share and the two parks will sign a Memorandum of Understanding following the tour, becoming “Sister Parks” and partnering on shared objectives such ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley Visits Slovenian Manufacturer, Elan

Ambassador Hartley had a very enjoyable visit to Slovenian manufacturer Elan, best known for its ski, marine, and wind products.  During the visit, the Ambassador had the great opportunity to examine Elan’s large range of skis, including its latest technical breakthrough – a foldable ski suitable for military and civilian uses.   Read More»

Visiting two high schools in Murska Sobota

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin visited the High School for Health Care and Bio-technical School Rakičan in Murska Sobota to discuss his hometown of Seattle, including its history, attractions, business and natural surroundings. He also described his work activities in the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section and answered students’ questions. At the Bio-technical school he ... Read More»

Trends in Public Diplomacy and Communications

Public Affairs Officer Philip Beekman joined Slovenian and international students at the Faculty of Administration for a lecture and wide-ranging discussion about public diplomacy May 5th. Beekman introduced himself and the activities of the embassy’s Public Affairs Sections, spoke about emerging trends in public diplomacy and communications, and led a discussion with students on media ... Read More»

Diplomacy in Action

Professor Bogomil Ferfila from the Faculty of Administration in Ljubljana hosted Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana for a lecture with 30 Slovenian and international students. DCM Rana briefly introduced himself and the embassy’s activities, and answered questions on how to become a diplomat, diplomatic life, the key parts of diplomacy, and the role of ... Read More»

2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Save the date for the 2017 SelectUSA Summit: June 18-20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Further information is available on the SelectUSA website . We’re thrilled to announce that registration is open for the fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area on June 18-20, 2017! If you represent a business and you are considering opening or expanding operations, the ... Read More»

What is Public Diplomacy?

Philip Beekman, Public Affairs Officer, was a guest lecturer yesterday at the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Speaking with first year students in Professor Dejan Verčič’s seminar on public relations subject, Beekman discussed the embassy’s public affairs office, public diplomacy, public relations, communications, press freedom, disinformation, and digitalization and answered student questions. Read More»

Nancy Boswell, the former President and CEO of Transparency International USA, visiting Slovenia

Together with Transparency International Slovenia, we welcomed the opportunity to host one the U.S.’s foremost transparency activists, Nancy Boswell, the former president and CEO of Transparency International USA, for a two day program in Slovenia.  Boswell met with business leaders, government representatives, students, civil society organizations, and media to exchange and share experiences.  Transparency, accountability, ... Read More»

Senator John McCain’s Remarks at Commemoration Ceremony at Andraž nad Polzelo

Mister President, Madame Minister, Mister Mayor, Generals, dear friends: it is a great honor to be invited to join you here in Andraž to remember the service and sacrifice of ten brave Americans, and to celebrate the enduring bond of friendship between the United States and Slovenia that is their legacy.  They were the crew of “Dark Eyes,” an American B-17 ... Read More»

Meeting Three Groups of High School Students

EU Parliamentarian Lojze Peterle’s Office in Ljubljana invited Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana to talk to three groups of high school students. DCM Rana discussed the different sections of the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and some of Ambassador Hartley’s responsibilities to the students of Gimnazija Jože Plečnik, Gimnazija Brežice and Šolski center Velenje. He ... Read More»

First lady honors courageous women from around the world

First lady Melania Trump honored a group of women from around the world for their bravery in fighting for women’s empowerment and human rights, often at great personal risk. “Each one of these heroic women has an extraordinary story of courage which must inspire each of us to also achieve more than we ever imagined possible,” the ... Read More»

Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, and thank you all for traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in this counter-ISIS/Daesh ministerial conference. It is indeed encouraging to see the attendance. When the forces of ISIS ... Read More»

Ambassador Hartley’s Remarks at the Ceremony at Žužemberk

March 11, 2017  Madam Minister, Ambassador Kacin, Mr. Mayor, Generals, other distinguished guests, it is an honor and privilege to join you today in Žužemberk.  Hvala vam za povabilo. Today we celebrate and remember the remarkable story of the B-17 “Je Reviens,” its crewmembers, and the partisans who saved those crewmembers’ lives by escorting them ... Read More»

Discussions on U.S. Education

U.S. Embassy intern Victoria Irvine visited two middle schools, OŠ Predoslje and OŠ Matije Čopa in Kranj, where she discussed the U.S. education system and how it compares to the Slovene system of education. She also answered many questions from the students, most focused on the way of life for youth in the U.S. Read More»

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 06, 2017 PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2016

Castle Fužine, June 30, 2016 Spoštovane dame in gospodje, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. Dober večer, in hvala, da ste danes z nami. Thank you very much for coming this evening. It has been my great honor to represent the United States in Slovenia and a particular honor this year as the Slovenian people celebrate ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2017 Remarks as prepared for delivery Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path ... Read More»

The United States Extends Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Crew Members

Starting on September 20, 2016 the United States has increased the validity of short-term business, tourist, and crew visas issued to citizens of Slovenia. Slovenians may still travel to the United States without a visa under the   Visa Waiver Program (VWP) , however those  Slovenian applicants who require and qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ... Read More»

Visiting a school under the Kamnik Alps

The U.S. Embassy paid its first visit to “OŠ Marije Vere” in Kamnik on a beautiful sunny day. Embassy Marine Security Guards Commander Joshua showed the students a short presentation about his home, career, and hobbies and the embassy’s video about the American diplomats (including himself) speaking Slovenian, which brought a lot of laughter, as ... Read More»

How is Living in Wisconsin?

Almost 100 middle school students gathered to meet us during our first visit to OŠ Kanal in Soča Valley. U.S. Embassy Intern Fletcher Goldinger offered a presentation on the Embassy’s activities and his home state, Wisconsin, known for its cold and snowy winters. He also opened the floor up to the students to ask questions, ... Read More»

American Diplomat Loves the Accordion

Each American coming to Slovenia discovers something here that they learn to like very much.  For some it’s nature, for some it’s food, and for others it’s language.  The U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Krist Thodoropoulos found his own special love here – the accordion.  Here we offer you Krist’s story about his instrument ... Read More»

TechCamp Slovenia 2016

TechCamp Slovenia was a three day event held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and organized by the US Embassy Ljubljana in cooperation with the State Department and various partners such as SLOGA, Kino Šiška, City of Ljubljana, Ljubljana zelena prestolnica, etc. Read More»

Green City Design Challenge

The Green City Design Challenge concept was created by an award winning 6th grade science teacher from the Washington, DC area in the USA using a project based learning model. The US Embassy Ljubljana PAS together with the City of Ljubljana created a similar shorter pilot program in Ljubljana, the Green Capital of Europe 2016, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley on Election Night 2016

November 8, 2016 Good Evening and thank you to our colleagues at the American Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to welcome you to tonight’s event. It’s a pleasure in so many ways to work with AmCham Slovenia: to promote increased trade, investment, and business cooperation between the United States and Slovenia, to campaign for ... Read More»

American Diplomats Learn Slovene

American diplomats at the U.S. Embassy Slovenia discover something new about Slovenia almost every day. They learn about the past, the present and of course the culture in and around Slovenia. A big part of the culture is of course the language – Slovene. Here is an exclusive insight look into a Slovenian lesson at ... Read More»

Check Out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»
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