A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Slovenia
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Slovenia is a charming and comfortable place to travel, with architecturally grand, cultured cities, and lush pine-forested countryside, perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter. The country managed to avoid much of the strife that plagued other nations during the messy disintegration of the Yugoslav Republic, and has integrated quickly with Western Europe, joining the eurozone at the start of 2007. Slovenia is a charming and comfortable place to travel, with architecturally grand, cultured cities, and lush pine-forested countryside, perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter. The country managed to avoid much of the strife that plagued other nations during the messy disintegration of the Yugoslav Republic, and has integrated quickly with Western Europe, joining the eurozone at the start of 2007.
Slovenia’s castles are today atmospheric repositories of Slovenia’s lively historical past. The 11th century Bled Castle is a cliffside setting for a fine history museum, while Predjama is linked to underground caverns – and tales of witchcraft. Limestone geology has given Slovenia some of the world’s finest cave systems. Standouts include the UNESCO-listed caverns at Skocjan, home to the world’s largest subterranean canyon, plus the 20km of passages, galleries and chambers at Postojna, Europe’s most visited cave system.
Just like anywhere else in Europe a car will give you a certain freedom and speed that you don’t get by public transport, but the train and bus system is pretty good and will get you to most places you’d likely want to visit on a first trip to the country. Of course having a car makes your trip easier, but given the small size of Slovenia and reasonably good public transport(both bus and train) you can get everywhere you want without a car, only it takes a bit more time. The only place that’s next to impossible to reach by public transport is the castle inside the cave-Predjamski grad which is really worth to see. Hitchhiking in Slovenia works and is generally safe, but be aware that by hitchhiking even in a country where it is usually safe you are adding some risk to your journey that you may get a driver that expects something in return.
The railway system has been relatively modernized. The railway station names are typically only visible on station building signs, so figuring out to which station the train is arriving means constantly looking outside the correct window (sometimes it’s on the right side, other times it’s on the left side). A few newer trains have a voice announcement system that announces to which station the train is arriving. Trains are punctual (except some of the international trains), so travellers should check the expected arrival time and previous station names to be sure where to get off.
The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Euro.
The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.
The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.
Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.
Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.
There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.
In September, Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrat Party narrowly won the German election. The longer negotiations and political uncertainty drag on, the greater downward pressure will be felt by the euro.
In addition should risk sentiment remain fragile, there could be continued demand for USD as a safe haven. Therefore, USD/EUR could gain higher.USD-EUR Outlook
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