University of Ljubljana



Roko Žarnić

Barbara Vodopivec

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the mysterious Karst. It has a population of two million people with density about 100 inhabitants per km2. Approximately one third of the population live in towns with more than 10.000 inhabitants, the rest live in nearly 6000 smaller towns and villages. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a relatively large Central- European city with over 300.000 inhabitants.

The University of Ljubljana was founded in 1919. It ranks as a very large university, with more than 51.000 graduate and postgraduate students. Approximately 4000 higher education teachers are employed in the three arts academies and 23 faculties. University implement undergraduate and postgraduate education and research activities from the areas of natural and technical sciences, social sciences and humanities, including cultural heritage preservation field.

Slovenia has a rich cultural heritage, with 29.139 heritage units recorded in the National Heritage Registry, 28,2% of them being declared monuments, and offers an outstanding mosaic of biological and landscape diversity.  So far 11.5% of the countryside has been protected in various protection categories. Altogether there are 44 protected areas or parks, including one national park, three regional parks and 40 landscape parks. Slovenia has three sites from the UNESCO world heritage list (Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija.  Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps and Å kocjan Caves).  

Through the participation in the HISTCAPE project, we expect to promote integration of cultural and natural heritage in the sustainable growth, based on economic opportunities, build upon green economy, cultural tourism and local products. The implementation of the above objectives will be based primarily on the Natura 2000 sites in Slovenia.