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Gay Guide Slovenia
In Slovenia the age of consent is 15 years. The gay-lesbian movement has a long tradition here: in 1984 the first non-governmental organization "Magnus" was founded. In the same year the film festival in Ljubljana, with the same name, showing gay-lesbian films which has become an institution. This early commitment, which continued after the country gained independence in 1991 is a contradiction of the standpoint of the general public regarding homosexuality. Although the Slovenians are generally held to be tolerant and progressive, homophobia regularly emerges and many prominent people continue to hide their homosexuality. Public opinion is changing slowly. A contribution to this change is made by the annual Pride Parade. In June 2005 the Law on Registered Same-Sex Partnership was passed. This law covers so-called property relations only, and includes the right/obligation to support socially weaker partner and only partly inheritance rights. It does not bring any rights in the area of social security (social and health insurance, pension rights), and it does not give the next of kin status to the partners. In 2015, the government agreed allowing marriage for homosexuals. Unfortunately the law could not enter into force because the opposition led by the Church successfully initiated a referendum which envisaged the abolition of this law. The Slovenians voted with the majority for the referendum so that gays and lesbians no longer have the possibility to enter into a marriage in Slovenia. Sadly only 35,65 percent of all eligible voters cast their vote in this referendum. Since joining the EU, this small country with its alpine landscape and middle European culture, has started attracting many tourists. From the fantastic mountains to the impressive Adrian coastline, everywhere is very close to the capital city Ljubljana which has a lot to offer with its cultural diversity.
Cities in Slovenia
Name: Slovenija · Slowenien · Slovénie · Eslovenia
Location: Central Europe
International country code: 386 (omit first 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Area: 20,253 km² / 7,819 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents
Religions: 58% Catholic, 16% no confession
Climate: Mediterranean climate on the coast, continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the east.