Relations between Türkiye and Slovenia

Following its declaration of independence on 25 June 1991, Türkiye recognized the Republic of Slovenia on 6 February 1992. Subsequently, Turkish Embassy in Ljubljana was opened on 1 April 1993 and Slovenia opened its Embassy in Ankara in September 1996.

Since the establishment of the Republic of Slovenia, bilateral relations between the two countries have developed positively and within a broad spectrum. Friendly character of relations culminated in Strategic Partnership declaration between Türkiye and Slovenia on 3 March 2011 in Ankara during the official visit of the then Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor to Türkiye.

Trade volume between Türkiye and Slovenia has steadily increased over the past years. In 2020, total trade volume between Turkey and Slovenia was 2 billion US Dollars. In Slovenia, Turkish citizens own mainly small to medium-size enterprises, operating in the sectors such as food, textile, jewellery and tourism with great achievement.

As of the end of 2020, there are 114 Turkish companies and joint ventures registered in Slovenia. In Slovenia, which is located on the Central and Southern European transportation routes, there are cooperation opportunities for Turkish investors in the logistics sector, as well as the automotive industry, pharmaceuticals and R&D. Winter tourism and the ski industry can also be considered among promising cooperation areas.

Turkish contracting companies took part in the construction of the Koper-Divaça second railway project, which will increase the cargo capacity of Koper Port and its connection to Central Europe, and the Karavanke Tunnel. These projects are also important in terms of gaining credibility in the EU market in the field of contracting.

In 2021, 18,580 Slovenian citizens visited Türkiye. The visa-free regime for Slovenian citizens travelling to Türkiye for touristic or commercial purposes has contributed to this. Likewise, the interest of Turkish people in visiting Slovenia for touristic purposes has increased steadily over the years.

Ongoing positive relations in all fields between the two countries reveal itself also in the cultural and educational spheres. Turkish contemporary art and literature increasingly attract the Slovenian society. Slovenian publishers translate works of prominent Turkish authors into Slovenian. Moreover, Turkish students studying in Slovenia within the framework of the Erasmus programme play an important role in the flourishment of cultural relations with Slovenia.