(last updated: 04.07.2017)
The Republic of Slovenia first expressed its support for the re-establishment of Estonia's independence when Slovenia still belonged to the Yugoslavian Socialist Federal Republic. The Slovenian Parliament recognised the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on 16 May 1990 and as a legislative initiative, a motion was made to the parliament of the Yugoslavian Socialist Federal Republic to recognise the independence of the Baltic States. Yugoslavia recognised Estonia on 22 October 1991.
After Slovenia attained independence on 25 June 1991, Estonia recognised the independent Republic of Slovenia on 25 September 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 11 December 1991.
As of 26 January 2016 the Slovenian ambassador to Estonia is Robert Krmelj, residing in Warsaw.
On 17 May 2017 the new Ambassador Sten Schwede presented his credentials in Ljubljana. He resides in Prague.
As members of the European Union and NATO, Estonia and Slovenia share similar values, positions and views. Although Estonia and Slovenia are not geographically very close and bilateral relations are not very intensive, our mutual understanding has been very good over the years. Reciprocal visits have taken place on the level of presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers, in addition to many other important visits and meetings.
Regular consultations are held between the foreign ministries. In 2011 both security policy and European Union-related consultations were held. In June of 2012 consultations between the foreign ministries on development co-operation were held in Ljubljana. In January of 2013, the two countries discussed the EU in Tallinn and in April of 2014, European Union consultations were held in Ljubljana and political consultations were held in Tallinn in november of the same year.
Circumstances are good to intensify practical co-operation between the parliaments of the two countries. An Estonia friendship group exists in the Slovenian parliament.
On 27 November 2015, Slovenia opened an honorary consulate in Tallinn. The enlargement of the network of Slovenian honorary consuls to include Estonia, will undoubtedly add opportunities to relations between the two countries in various fields. Slovenia's honorary consul is Tõnis Tamme, attorney-at-law and partner at the business law firm TRINITI.
|June 2017||Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec|
|March 2015||Minister of Public Administration Boris Koprivnikar|
|February 2015||Prime Minister Miro Cerar|
|September 2012||Parliament Speaker Gregor Virant|
|May 2011||President Danilo Türk|
|December 2010||Prime Minister Borut Pahor|
|February 2010||Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar|
|June 2007||Public Administrations Minister Gregor Virant|
|September 2005||Prime Minister Janez Janša|
|September 2002||Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel|
|May 2017||Prime Minister Jüri Ratas|
|June 2013||President Toomas Hendrik Ilves|
|September 2008||President Toomas Hendrik Ilves|
|November 2007||Prime Minister Andrus Ansip|
|July 2004||Minister of Finance Taavi Veskimägi|
|March 2004||Foreign Minister Kristiina Ojuland|
- Agreement on Co-operation in the Field of Education, Culture and Science (came into force 14.07.1994);
- Agreement on the Organisation of International Road Transport (came into force 01.05.1995);
- Agreement on the Re-admission of Persons (came into force 07.11.1997);
- Agreement Concerning the Cooperation in the Fight Against Organized Crime, Illicit Drug Trafficking and Terrorism (came into force 23.01.2004);
- Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Tax Evasion (came into force 26.06.2006).
- Agreement on the Exchange and Protection of Classified Information (came into force 08.05.2010)
Estonia has concluded a visa representation agreement with Slovenia. Slovenia represents Estonia for the issuing of visas in Montenegro.
There is room for growth in trade relations between the two countries. It is necessary to find opportunities to advance the goods trade.
In 2016 the total turnover of trade with Slovenia was 31,4 million euros, which accounted dor 0,1% of total turnover. Of this, export totalled 9,1 million euros and import 22,3 million euros. The trade balance was negative (13,2 million euros).
Trade 2010 - 2016 (millions of euros)
The main articles of export to Slovenia in 2015:
- Chemical products - 24.1%
- Wood and wood products - 18.4%
- Machinery and equipment - 16.3%
- Paper pulp and products made of paper pulp - 11.8%
The main articles of import to Slovenia in 2015:
- Chemical products - 48.1%
- Machinery and equipment - 28.7%
- Wood and wooden products - 6%
- Medical and measuring equipment - 4%
All the economical information is obtained from Statistics Estonia.
In the data of the Bank of Estonia, as of 31 December 2015, the value of Estonia’s direct investments in Slovenia totalled 52 thousand euros. Investments were made primarily in the wholesale and retail trade sector.
The volume of Slovenia’s direct investments into Estonia as of the same date amounted to 5 thousand euros. Most investments have been made in professional, research, and technology-related sectors.
According to information available from the Business Register, as of April 2015, there are 7 companies with Slovenian participation registered in Estonia.
Slovenian interest towards Estonia as a travel destination has increased. According to accommodation statistics, approximately 2 000 Slovenian citizens visit Estonia per year. In 2013 Estonian accommodation establishments welcomed 1612 Slovenian tourists, in 2014 that number was 1 985 tourists, and in 2015 1 964 Slovenian tourists had been accomodated. In addition to Tallinn, Slovenian tourists were also interested in Tartu, Saaremaa and Pärnu counties.
Olga and Priit Pärn were the artists in residence at the animation festival Animateka that took place in December 2010 in Ljubljana. An exhibit of the artists’ drawings was displayed in the gallery of the cinema house, a retrospective of Priit Pärn’s films was shown, and a master class was held for Slovenian film students.
At the end of 2011 Tallinn handed the title of European Capital of Culture over to the Slovenian city of Maribor. The event took place in Maribor within the framework of a concert by the Nordic Symphony Orchestra.
As the Capital of Culture, Maribor offered all the other EU member states the opportunity to display their culture for one month at the Capital of Culture headquarters located in Vetrinjski Manor in Maribor. Estonia and Finland displayed their culture there together in January 2012, at which time it was possible to see displays of Estonian and Finnish comics as well as a jewellery and textile exhibit. The opening day of the Estonia-Finland cultural month was supplemented by a fire show by circus students from the Turku Arts Academy and the burning of a fire sculpture created by Estonian artists in the heart of Maribor.
During the cultural month the public of Maribor was also able to see Karl Saks’ modern dance production “The Drone of Monk Nestor” and René Vilbre’s dance film “The Other”. The cultural month was concluded with an Estonian-Finnish-Hungarian jazz concert that included Estonian Meelis Vint on the clarinet.
At the Nordic children’s film week entitled “Meatballs” that took place in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana from 27 April – 6 May 2012, Estonia was represented by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits’ animated film “Lotte and the Moonstone Secret”.
The Estonian Puppet Theatre has a long-standing relationship with Slovenia’s Mini Theatre, at whose invitation the Puppet Theatre participated in the Puppet Academy festival in August 2012. The Puppet Academy is part of a greater international co-operation project in 2012-2013 that includes theatres in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia. The name of the project is “The Nomads of Beauty”. Upon the invitation of the Slovenian National Puppet Theatre a visit was also paid to Ljubljana in September of this year to the festival LUDKE, whose programme featured the Estonian production “Brainwash”.
Many Estonian artists have participated in the International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana: Jüri Arrak, Raul Meel, Concordia Klar, Ado Lill, Liina Siib, Urmas Viik and many others. The Slovenian exhibit entitled “Mapping” (curated by Lilijana Stepancic) was shown in KUMU during the XV Tallinn Graphics Triennial in 2011.
Estonians in Slovenia
Currently there are only a few permanent Estonian residents in Slovenia. In addition to them, you may also find Estonian exchange students studying at Ljubljana University for up to half a year through the Erasmus programme.
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