“Slovenia should press ahead with privatizations to improve its competitiveness and reform its pension system over the medium-term, a senior official at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday.

‘Privatization is really important for overall productivity in the economy and raising the level of competitiveness,’ Charlotte Ruhe, EBRD Managing Director for Central and South Eastern Europe, said in an interview during a visit to Ljubljana.” (Reuters)

“Accumulated foreign direct investment (FDI) in Slovenia totalled 13.7 billion euros ($15.74 billion) in 2017, or 31.6 percent of GDP, up by 5.4 percent from the previous year, the country’s central bank said on Friday.

‘The largest inflow of foreign direct investment in 2017 was recorded in manufacturing, financial and insurance activities,’ the bank said in a report.” (Reuters)

“The Slovenian National Home (Slovenski Dom Slovenic Hall) will mark its 100th anniversary in 2018.

When foreigners come to a new country, whether they build, cook, dance, farm, sing, teach or heal, they bring their traditions. The Slovenian table, called Slovenska Misa, is where ideas are discussed and plans implemented.

Slovenian immigrants decided in 1913 that they needed a center for their activities in Waukegan. They also wanted a large meeting hall for the wider Slovenian community. Fundraising began, selling shares for $25 with raffles, dances, bazaars and soliciting door-to-door. Four years later, the building began with shareholders doing all the work. There was no credit. They saved until they could pay in full.” (Lake Country Journal)