2020 in Slovenia

Events in the year 2020 in Slovenia.

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Empty old town square in Ljubljana on March 18, after COVID-19 epidemic had been declared a week earlier


  • April 18 – The government begins to ease restrictions on movement due to the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases, with the most severe bans lifted on April 30.[8][9]


  • May 2
    • No new COVID-19 infections are detected for the first time since the outbreak of the epidemic on March 4.[10]
    • Thousands of demonstrators on bicycles stage a protest against the government in Ljubljana due to allegations of corruption and mismanagement of the COVID-19 epidemic response.[11]
  • May 15 – Slovenia becomes the first European country to lift the declaration of the COVID-19 epidemic (effective May 31), but several restrictions remain in place.[12][13]



  • October 19 - The government declares a COVID-19 epidemic again in response to the rising number of confirmed cases since September, enacts a 9 pm-6 am curfew and limits public gatherings and businesses.[16]
  • October 27 - To limit the spread of COVID-19, movement of citizens is again restricted to municipality of residence, though with more extensive list of exceptions.[17]




  1. ^ Novak, Marja (2020-01-27). "Slovenian PM Sarec resigns, early election likely". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  2. ^ "Slovenia Confirms First Case of Coronavirus: Health Minister". The New York Times. 2020-03-04. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  3. ^ "Slovenia confirms first case of coronavirus: health minister". Reuters. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  4. ^ "Slovenia declares coronavirus epidemic". Slovenian Press Agency. 2020-03-12. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  5. ^ "Janez Janša government to be voted in". Slovenian Press Agency. 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  6. ^ Novak, Marja (2020-03-12). "Slovenia to close schools, reject cargo traffic from Italy". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  7. ^ "Od polnoči prepoved gibanja izven občine stalnega ali začasnega prebivališča" [Ban of movement outside the municipality of permanent or temporary residence after midnight] (in Slovenian). Government of the Republic of Slovenia. 2020-03-29. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  8. ^ "Od danes manj stroga omejitev gibanja med občinami, možnih več športnih aktivnosti" [Less rigorous restriction of movement to municipalities from today, more sports activities possible]. 24ur.com (in Slovenian). 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  9. ^ "Vlada odpravlja splošno omejitev gibanja na občine" [The government is lifting the restriction of movement to municipalities]. 24ur.com (in Slovenian). 2020-04-29. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  10. ^ "Včeraj prvič brez nove okužbe, umrla sta še dva obolela" [No new infections yesterday for the first time, two more diseased have died]. Delo (in Slovenian). 2020-05-03. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  11. ^ "Anti-government bicycle protest in Ljubljana amid lockdown". Euronews. 2020-05-02. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  12. ^ "Epidemic effectively over on 31 May, restrictions remain in place". Slovenian Press Agency. 2020-05-15. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  13. ^ Forrest, Adam (2020-05-15). "Slovenia becomes first European country to call official end to coronavirus epidemic". The Independent. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  14. ^ "Izstrelitev prvih slovenskih satelitov vendarle uspela: Šlo je neverjetno gladko" [Launch of the first Slovene satellites succeeds at last: It went incredibly smoothly]. Dnevnik (in Slovenian). 2020-09-03. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  15. ^ Leicester, John (2020-09-20). "Vive Le Tour! With Young Winner, Thrilling Race Defies Virus". NBC Boston. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  16. ^ "30-day epidemic declared in Slovenia". Radio SI. Radiotelevizija Slovenija. 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  17. ^ "13 izjem za prehajanje med občinami, potrebna tudi podpisana izjava" [13 exceptions for crossing between municipalities, a signed statement also required]. 24ur.com (in Slovenian). 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  18. ^ "Covid-19 vaccination under way across Slovenia". Slovenian Press Agency. 2020-12-27. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  19. ^ "Janez Stanovnik (1922–2020): Partizan, ki je v žepu hkrati nosil člansko izkaznico komunistične partije in rožni venec" [Janez Stanovnik (1922–2020): a Partisan who carried a Communist Party membership card and a rosary in his pocket at the same time] (in Slovenian). Dnevnik. 2020-01-31. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  20. ^ "Umrl igralec Peter Musevski" [Actor Peter Musevski dies] (in Slovenian). 2020-03-18. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  21. ^ "Umrl je upokojeni ljubljanski nadškof metropolit Alojz Uran" [Metropolitan Alojz Uran, retired archbishop of Ljubljana, died] (in Slovenian). 2020-04-11. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  22. ^ "Umrla je kemičarka prof. dr. Aleksandra Kornhauser Fraser" [Chemist prof. dr. Aleksandra Kornhauser Fraser has died] (in Slovenian). Radiotelevizija Slovenija. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  23. ^ "Slovenian football great Marko Elsner dies". Slovenian Press Agency. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  24. ^ Vrabec, Aljaž (2020-06-01). "Umrl je Janez Kocijančič" [Janez Kocijančič has died]. Delo (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  25. ^ "Umrl je Miroslav Steržaj" [Miroslav Steržaj has died]. 24ur.com (in Slovenian). 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  26. ^ Evans, Gareth (2020-11-21). "Peter Florjancic: Story of ski-jumping inventor who escaped the Nazis". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  27. ^ "Umrl upokojeni mariborski pomožni škof in častni občan Jožef Smej" [Retired auxiliary bishop of Maribor and honorary member of the community Jožef Smej has died]. Večer (in Slovenian). 2020-11-22. Retrieved 2020-11-26.