Slovenia Military, Economy and Transportation

Slovenia Military

Economics

Economic overview: Although Slovenia continues to have the highest GDP per capita among Central European transition economies, it needs to speed up privatization and lift restrictions on foreign investment. Approximately 45% of the economy remains in the hands of the state, and the level of foreign direct investment in relation to GDP remains the lowest in the region. Analysts predict growth of 4-4.2% in 2001. Export growth is expected to slow down in 2001-02. due to the sluggishness of the EU markets. Inflation rose from 6.1% to 8.9% in 2000 and is a cause for concern. See topb2bwebsites.com to know more about Slovenia in 2004.
GDP: PPP – $22.9 billion (2000 est.).
Real GDP growth rate: 4.5% (2000 est.).
GDP per capita: at purchasing power parity – $12,000 (2000 est.).
The composition of GDP by sectors of the economy: agriculture: 4%; industry: 35%; services: 61% (1998 est.).
Proportion of the population below the poverty line: no data available.
Percentage distribution of family income or consumption: per 10% of the poorest families: 3.2%; by the top 10% of families: 20.7% (1995).
Inflation rate at consumer prices: 8.9% (2000 est.).
Labor force: 857,400 people
Employment structure: no data.
Unemployment rate: 7.1% (1997 est.).
Budget: revenues: $8.11 billion; spending: $8.32 billion, including capital expenditures for which data are not available (1997 est.).
Spheres of economy: ferrous metallurgy, production of rolled steel, aluminum and rolled aluminum, lead and zinc, electronics (including military), trucks, electric power equipment, machine tools, wood products, textiles, chemicals.
Growth in industrial production: 6.2%
Electricity production: 12.451 billion kWh (1999).
Sources of electricity generation: fossil fuels: 34.44%; hydropower: 29.58%; nuclear fuel: 35.98%; others: 0% (1999).
Electricity consumption: 10.024 billion kWh (1999)
Electricity export: 2.2 billion kWh (1999).
Electricity import: 645 million kWh (1999).
Agricultural products: potatoes, hops, wheat, sugar beets, corn, grapes; cattle, sheep, poultry.
Export: $8.9 billion (free on board, 2000)
Exports: manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, foodstuffs.
Export partners: Germany 31%, Italy 14%, Croatia 8%, Austria 7%, France 6% (1999).
Imports: $9.9 billion (free on board, 2000)
Imports: machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, chemicals, fuels and lubricants, food products.
Import partners: Germany 21%, Italy 17%, France 11%, Austria 8%, Croatia 4%, Hungary, Russia (1999).
External debt: $6.2 billion (2000). Economic aid recipient: official development support – $5 million (1993).
Economic aid donor:
Currency: Tolar.
Currency code: SIT.
Exchange rate: SIT/USD – 225.93 (January 2001), 222.66 (2000), 181.77 (1999), 166.13 (1998), 159.69 (1997), 135.36 (1996).
Fiscal year: calendar year.

Telecommunications

Telecommunications Telephone lines: 722,000 (1997).
Mobile cell phones: 1 million (2000).
Telephone system: internal: fully digital (2000); international: no data.
Broadcast stations: AM – 17, FM – 160, shortwave – 0 (1998).
Radio receivers: 805,000 (1997).
Television broadcast stations: 48 (2001).
Televisions: 710,000 (1997).
Internet country code: si
Internet service providers: 11 (2000).
Number of users: 460,000 (1999).

Transport

Transport Railways: total: 1,201 km; standard gauge: 1,201 km (1.435 m gauge) (489 km electrified) (1999).
Roads: total: 19,586 km; paved: 17,745 km (including 249 km of expressways); unpaved: 1,841 km (1998 est.);
Waterways: no data;
Pipelines: for crude oil – 290 km; for natural gas – 305 km.
Ports and harbors: Isola, Koper, Piran.
Airports: 14 (2000 est.).
Airports with paved runways: total: 6; over 3,047 m: 1; from 2438 to 3047 m:1; from 1524 to 2437 m:1; from 914 to 1523 m:2; less than 914 m: 1 (2000 est.).
Airports with unpaved runways: total: 8; from 1,524 to 2,437 m: 2; from 914 to 1523 m:2; less than 914 m: 4 (2000 est.).

Armed forces

Branches of the Armed Forces: Slovenian Army (including air force and navy).
Enlistment age: 19 years old.
Total Military Manpower: Male 15 to 49: 523,336 (2001 est.).
Eligible for military service: males aged 15 to 49: 416,239 (2001 est.).
Number of persons reaching military age each year: male: 14,513 (2001 est.).
Military spending in dollar terms: $370 million (2000)
Military spending as part of GDP: 1.7% (2000).

International Issues

International issues International disputes: Progress has been made in negotiations with Croatia to agree on a land boundary, but problems remain in defining a maritime boundary; Austria has some grievances with Slovenia regarding nuclear power plants and the treatment of the German-speaking minority after World War II.
Illicit Drugs: A minor transit point for Southwest Asian heroin destined for Western Europe and chemicals used in drug manufacture.

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