Slovenia and Japan—sLOVEnia, the only country where love has been engraved


H.E. Ms. Simona Leskovar
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia to Japan

I’ve arrived to this unique land of the rising sun four months ago, and as an Ambassador of Slovenia to Japan, I will do my utmost to promote steady and sound development of bilateral ties, enhance mutual understanding, and cooperation between our two nations.

Though far apart from each other geographically, Slovenia and Japan enjoy profound friendship. Political dialogue is ongoing, and we are constantly striving to upgrade it on all levels. Our cooperation is especially extensive in international and multilateral fora where we share similar norms and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Japan is one of Slovenia’s most important business and trade partner in Asia. With is strategic position in the heart of Europe Slovenia as innovative, technologically developed and export oriented destination welcomes more Japanese direct investments.

As an European Union member state works together with other members toward a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan.

Ever more intensive people to people contacts have contributed greatly to better understanding of our cultures, and provide an important basis for further developing of good relations in various areas of our lives.

Slovenia’s diverse landscape takes you to the Alpine world, uplands and lowlands of Pannonian planes, the Karst and the Adriatic coast. More than third of county’s area is protected. Picturesque capital Ljubljana is 2016 European Green Capital. Slovenians are exquisite wine makers, with grapes ripen on the oldest vine in the world, and can offer culinary enthusiasts gourmet pampering that will want to repeat.

We’re celebrating 25th anniversary of our statehood in 2016. I would like to invite you to visit Slovenia, as this small jewel on the sunny side of the Alps is to charm even the most demanding guest. Come and ‘feel sLOVEnia’, the only country in the world that carries “love” in its name.

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