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A Polycentric Culture

Slovenia has a polycentric culture. For example, Slovenians are naturally indirect communicators but can moderate their behaviour when dealing with people who come from cultures where more direct communication is the norm.

Culture, Customs and Etiquette and Greetings

Greetings are initially quite formal and reserved. When meeting someone for the first time the most common greeting is a handshake. Handshakes should be firm and confident.

It is really important to arrive on time when meeting with someone.

In Slovenia, smoking indoors is prohibited. If you are a smoker, you have to go outside.


In Slovenia a tip is not an obligation, but is appropriate for good service. In restau-rants and bars people usually leave some change.

Language in Slovenia

Slovene or Slovenian belongs to the family of South Slavic languages. It is spoken by approximately 2 million speakers. Slovene is one of the rare languages to have preserved the dual grammatical number from Proto-Indo-European.

Although the country is relatively small, there are more than 32 different dialects spoken, which can be grouped into 7 larger dialect segments. The diversity in language is due to the influences of neighbouring countries as well as the mountainous nature of the country, which has led to isolated language development.


Slovenia has a rich culinary tradition which is influenced by its climate and its location at the crossroads of central Europe. Slovene culinary heritage has influences of Mediterranean, Alpine, and Eastern European cultures. Meals are an important part of Slovene life and enjoying a snack or a glass of wine at a café with friends is a typical social activity. Every region in Slovenia has its own specialties however most of Slovenia's oldest traditional dishes consist of flour, buckwheat or barley, as well as potatoes and cabbage.

Slovenia also produces a variety of wines. Almost 70% of Slovenian wines fulfil the criteria for quality and premium wines, which is definitely a result of a highly-developed wine culture and demanding wine lovers.

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Having participated in the DSS three consecutive years I am truly able to say: the program organization is excellent, the lectures are very well designed and challenging, and the people, the food and the city are just amazing!

Carolin, Heilbronn University, Germany

Participating in the Ljubljana Doctoral Summer School has been an enriching experience for my academic and personal development. Besides the beautiful city the intensive course work and also the network opportunities with like-minded PhD students from different countries have been very valuable.

Johannes, University of Antwerp, Belgium

I really enjoyed the Ljubljana Doctoral Summer School. Being enrolled in an excellent class on structural equation modelling with PhD from all over Europe did not only enhance my professional skills but also gave me the opportunity for interesting discussions about different cultures and PhD life in general.

Liliane, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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