Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has a population of about 287.000 and ranks as one of the smaller European capitals. Thanks to more than 50,000 university students, this city with a history of several thousand years and an average population age of 41 years has an incredibly youthful feel. Harmonious coexistence of tradition and contemporaneity can be seen on many levels, from the city's diverse cultural production and creative society to its culinary art.
At the crossroads of different cultures, regions, and historical developments
Ljubljana lies halfway between Vienna and Venice, at the crossroads of different cultures, geographical regions, and historical developments. Its location within a convenient two-hour flight from almost all major European airports makes it an easily accessible destination. Ljubljana is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, reminiscent both of the Mediterranean and Central Europe, and is well-known as an extremely picturesque and green city. Particularly the historical city centre is full of outstanding architecture, a medley of styles from different periods in history, most notably the Baroque, bound together into one of the 20th century's most amazing total works of art by the famous Ljubljana-born architect and urban planner Jože Ple nik.
Ljubljana is an established conference city
Ljubljana, which offers high quality conference halls with a capacity to cater for up to 2,200 delegates, boasts the largest number of conference facilities in Slovenia and is the country's leading conference destination in terms of the number of international conferences hosted so far. The latest ICCA statistics report, issued by the International Congress and Convention Association in 2014, ranks Ljubljana as the world's 74th and Europe's 38th most popular international conference destination. Ljubljana has the advantage of being a compact and relatively small city whose two conference centres, numerous conference hotels, and special venues are located right in the city centre. As the distances between the chosen conference venue and other locations used during the conference can easily be covered on foot, conference organizers like to point out that Ljubljana is easily navigable and logistically simple.
Ljubljana is a city offering a high quality of living
Ljubljana is the holder of the European Green Capital 2016 title. Environmental awareness among the residents is strong and the city has managed to preserve its green heritage. According to the results of the European Commission's 2013 Eurobarometer survey, as much as 90% of respondents in Ljubljana were happy with the quality of life in their home city. One of the things that contribute to the residents' satisfaction with the quality of life and are also important to visitors is the feeling of safety. According to the safety index compiled by Numbeo, Slovenia ranks as high as fifth among 39 European countries and as high as 14th among 117 countries worldwide.