Slovenia is at a geographical and cultural crossroads in Southeastern Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. After WW2, Slovenia was part of socialist communist Yugoslavia and was always its most prosperous and politically liberal constituent republic. Slovenia declared independence in June 1991, which was achieved almost without bloodshed, in marked contrast to that of Croatia, Bosnia, or the Republic of Kosovo.

Historically, Slovenia has been a Catholic country, with a small Orthodox and Lutheran presence. However, many people now identify with secular post-Christian values or seek spiritual experience through New Age or Eastern religious beliefs.

More Information About Slovenia

  • Population: 2 million

  • Official Language: Slovenian

  • State of the Economy: Economic and political progress was rapid throughout the 1990s, leading to membership in the European Union and NATO in 2004, the first former Yugoslav republic to do so. Slovenia joined the Eurozone in 2007, but its export-focused economy was badly hit by the European financial crisis of 2012. Government plans for austerity measures were greeted by mass protests, and the recovery has since been slow.

  • Religion: 57.8% Catholic; 26% undecided/unstated; 10% atheist; 2.4% Muslim, 2.2% Orthodox; 0.21% Evangelical

  • State of the Church: There are fewer than 2,000 evangelical believers in the country, with almost 90% of municipalities lacking an evangelical presence. The spiritual atmosphere is difficult, and workers are needed who will commit themselves to serious intercession, loving witness, and authentic Christianity.

Number of People Groups


People Groups Unreached

1 (6.3%)

Progress Level

Total Population


Population in Unreached

88,000 (4.3%)

Largest Religion


% Christian Adherent


% Evangelical


Evangelical Annual Growth Rate


(Global Rate = 2.6%)

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Note: where more current statistics are known, those are being used in place of Joshua Project.)