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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Slovenia. Please scroll down to view.

With an estimated population of 2.05 million, the culture in Slovenia is influenced by Catholic and Lutheran traditions. Once ruled by the Holy Roman Empire, many public holidays are based on religious observances. Slovenia recognizes two types of public holidays. These include state holidays and work-free days, which are regulated by the government.

State holidays generally include official functions involving a display of national flags on public and privately-owned buildings Work-free days include Catholic religious observances, usually held on Sundays. Although the majority of businesses are closed on Sundays, religious observances are generally regarded as celebrations. According to current Slovenian labour laws, employees are entitled to 11 paid state holidays and four work-free days, for a total of 15 paid work-free days per calendar year.

In Slovenia, work-free state holidays include New Year’s Day; Prešeren Day, a Slovenian cultural holiday; Day of Uprising Against Occupation commemorating the annexation of Slovenia; May Day Holiday lasting two days; Statehood Day celebrating the Act of Independence established in 1991 and Day of Remembrance, Independence and Unity Day. Several additional holidays are celebrated in certain regions of the country, even though they are not designated as official work-free days. These include Carnival; International Women’s Day; Saint George’s Day; Saint Martin’s Day and Saint Nicholas Day. Catholic religious holidays deemed as work-free days include Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Whit Sunday, Assumption Day and Christmas Day.

Labour Laws in Slovenia

Approximately two-thirds of the Slovenian workforce is employed in the tourism and hospitality sector. One-third is employed in the construction industry due to a recent surge in hotel and resort development. Slovenian labour laws are regulated by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The country’s Employment Relationship Act regulates employment contracts and union labour agreements, which are required of all workers in the country. These contracts outline the scope of employment, wages and benefits including entitlement to paid annual leave, state holidays and work-free days. According to current labour regulations, workers are not permitted to work more than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week without being paid overtime compensation. Provisions for overtime compensations are outlined in employment contracts and bargaining agreements and are not regulated by the state.

All workers in Slovenia are entitled to a minimum of four weeks of paid annual leave each calendar year. Annual leave entitlement does not include paid state holidays or state-sanctioned non-working days. Some employers allow additional paid holiday leave depending on terms of a worker’s employment contract.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
8 FebWedCulture Day
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
27 AprThuResistance Day
1 MayMonMay Day
2 MayTueMay Day Holiday
4 JunSunWhitsunday
25 JunSunNational Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
31 OctTueReformation Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueIndependence and Unity Day