Slovenia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Slovenians retain an understated and understandable pride intheir country, which is why they are delighted to show it off tovisitors. Over the centuries, the area has belonged to manykingdoms and regimes, and until Slovenians gained independence in1991, they had sat back and watched the mighty rise and fall. Asfar as nationhood goes, their golden age is now, in a new state inwhich the language of the people is, finally, also the language ofgovernment.Slovenians have often been regarded by their Balkan neighboursas being eerily Austrian—a cold, reserved Alpine people with anaddiction to work, and perhaps even a mild aversion to fun. Thoughthis opinion was not held without a sense of humour and even acertain amount of respect, the stereotypes are hard to shake, andmany Slovenians label themselves as melancholic, morose, orintroverted. The difference between public and private personahowever, could not be any more different!Modest through and through, they will not smother you with falseaffection and overhasty offers of friendship, but if you ask themfor help, they will be there for you. And once a friendship hasbeen formed, a realm of generosity, intimacy and honesty will bediscovered.Culture Smart! Slovenia offers you the essential insights intothe quirks, pitfalls, social and business habits of thisthimble-sized European microcosm. It will elucidate for you thevalues, customs and attitudes that shape their way of life andenable you to make the most out of your stay here, whatever yourreason for travelling!