- Slovenia uses the euro as its legal tender.
- One euro is divided into 100 cents. There are seven euro notes, in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The designs on the recto (generic windows or portals) and verso (imaginary bridges, a map of the EU) are exactly the same in all 15 countries and symbolise openness and cooperation.
- The eight coins in circulation are in denominations of €1 and €2, then one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents. The ‘heads’ side of the coin, on which the denomination is shown, is identical throughout the euro zone; the ‘tails’ side is particular to each member-state, though euro coins can be used anywhere where euros are legal tender, of course.
- In Slovenia, the €1 coin (silver centre with brassy outer ring) portrays the Protestant reformer and translator Primož Trubar (1508–86) and the Latin inscription Stati Inu Obstati (To Exist and Persevere). The verso of the €2 coin (brassy centre ringed with silver) shows the poet France Prešeren (1800–49) and a line from his poem Zdravljica (A Toast), which forms part of the Slovenian national anthem.
- On the three lowest-denomination coins – €0.01, €0.02 and €0.05 (all copper) – are a stork, the stone where the 8th-century Carantanian dukes were installed, and The Sower by painter Ivan Grohar (1867–1911). The other three coins are brass. On the €0.10 coin is a design for a parliament by architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957) that was never built and the words ‘Katedrala Svobode’ (Cathedral of Freedom). The €0.20 coin features a pair of Lipizzaner horses prancing. The stunning and very symbolic €0.50 coin shows Mt Triglav, the Cancer constellation (under which independent Slovenia was born) and the words ‘Oj Triglav moj dom’ (O Triglav, my home).
When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which may or may not be the case, paying an extra 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, you usually just round up the sum.