Environmental indicators in Slovenia

Environmental indicators are based on graphs, maps and assessments and as such present environmental trends in Slovenia. The indicators represent one of the four pillars of our environmental reporting, and are prepared in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act. The Environmental Indicators in Slovenia website enables users to browse among 180 indicators. They are based on numerical data and they indicate the state, characteristics and trends of environmental development in Slovenia. They are prepared using a systematic approach based on data and monitoring, as shown in the information pyramid.

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Despite the country’s small surface area, species diversity in Slovenia is extremely high. The abundance among numerous plant and animal species is decreasing, with some species becoming endangered with the possibility of extinction. For example, more than four fifths of all known amphibians and reptiles in Slovenia, as well as almost half of all mammals (this represents 41 species) are on the Red List of Threatened Species.


Air pollution is the most important environmental risk factor for human health, affecting an average of 400,000 premature deaths in the EU and costing Europeans an average of more than € 166 billion a year. In the case of the cities of Ljubljana and Maribor, external costs amount to almost EUR 271 million annually. Estimation of external costs of air pollution from transport is slightly decreasing.


In Slovenia, the market prices follow the trends at the key agricultural markets, globally or regionally important. Market prices of grain are following the trend and the level of EU average, prices of beef are below EU average while the market prices of eggs and pig meat are above the EU average. Slovenia stands out with its market prices of milk, which are among the lowest in the EU.


Leukemia is the most common children cancer. It represents 25 to 30% of all new diagnosed cancer cases in children younger than 15 years in the world. Causal mechanisms for the occurrence of leukemia in children are poorly known, but it is often referred connection with environmental risk factors.Data from European cancer registries indicate that the incidence rate of childhood leukemia between 1970 and 1999 grew on average by 0.7% per annum in the last twenty years has been 1% per year, mostly in countries with higher economic status (SES).


Between 1980 and 2019, extreme events related to climate change in the EEA Member States resulted in an economic loss of EUR 446 billion. Climate extremes are becoming more common. Without further action, even greater economic damage is expected in the future. It is also increasing in Slovenia. The difference between the period 1980-2015 and 1980-2019 is as much as € 0.35 million. With a purpose of adaptation, the EU has adopted a climate strategy aimed at building resilience and ensuring that Europe is well prepared to manage risks and adapt to the effects of climate change.


Plans to improve air quality in Slovenia include a number of measures. It is crucial that the state ensures the financing of measures and thus the implementation of measures, and consequently the improvement of ambient air quality. In 2019, as much as EUR 15.56 million more investments were paid out than in 2014. In the period from 2014 to 2019, most investments were in wood biomass boilers, followed by investments in heat pumps.