Welcome to Piran and Slovenia

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About Piran

Slovenia is a central European country with a population of over 2 million. Piran, is a picturesque town situated on the Slovenian coastline on the Adriatic Sea. The town’s rich history spanning from its world-class fleur de sel (flower of salt) production, the old port, and the walled city have triumphantly made it a unique tourist destination. Piran’s Mediterranean charm with a Slovenian twist makes it the ideal location for the next world congress.

Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Slovenia

Slovenia is among the countries where suicide is a major social and public health problem. For many decades Slovenia had a suicide ratio around 30 per 10,000 inhabitants, ranking it among the top three countries in the world. After the year 2000, the number of suicides began to decline and has stabilized at slightly more than 20 in recent years. Despite the 30% decrease in suicide mortality over the last two decades, it is still among the countries with the highest suicide rate.

The highest ratio is among the elderly between 80 and 84 years. There are more suicides among men, but more attempts among women. The most striking difference between genders is the fact that men use more dangerous methods. North-Eastern regions of Slovenia are more vulnerable to suicide. These regions also experience greater alcohol abuse, less psychiatric assistance, greater social risk, and more approving attitudes toward suicide. These are culturally contingent factors that adversely affect suicidal behaviour.

Many preventive activities have been going on in the country, even though there is no specific national suicide prevention plan (rather, a subsection of national mental heatlh resolution is dedicated to suicide). Preventive measure (among others) focus on actions such as youth interventions, gatekeepers trainings, responsible media reporting, raising mental health literacy and awareness trainings.


About Slovenia

In Numbers

Capital city: Ljubljana

President of the Republic: Dr Nataša Pirc Musar

Prime Minister: dr. Robert Golob

Official language: Slovenian, with Hungarian and Italian spoken in certain regions

Currency: euro (EUR), valid since 1 January 2007.

Time: Central European Time GMT +1, in summer GMT +2

For further information please visit the website of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia.

How to Get There
  • Plane

1hr 10 minutes from Trieste (IT) Airport, 1hr 35 minutes from Ljubljana (SI), 1hr 10 minutes from Pula (Croatia), 2hr 20 minutes from Venice (Italy) airports.

Please note, Venice Marco Polo Airport is the closest international airport to the venue with a wider variety of connections available.

Delegates must arrange their own transport before and after the conference. Transportation to the main airports can be booked here. In the organiser's experience, the shared transfers are both reasonable and comfortable.

  • Boat

From Venice – 2,5h boat trip

From: Croatia – 15 minutes

  • Driving distance

Venice: 2h, Zagreb : 2,5h, Vienna: 5h, Budapest: 5½h, Munich: 5½h, Beograd: 6h, Sarajevo: 7h,  Zurich: 7h, Nice: 7h

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