Infrastructure and utilities


Two Pan-European transport corridors (No. V linking Barcelona and Kiev and No. X from Salzburg to Thessalonica) intersect at Maribor. The Podravje companies coupled with modern transport infrastructure represent a parfect platform for a high-quality and cost-competitive services through Podravje’s road and rail distribution network, freight forwarding and shipping services, goods handling, warehousing and safety of deliveries. Podravje’s accession to the EU provides both Asian and EU manufacturers and traders with faster and more reliable trade routes that meet at fully equipped logistics centres.


The internet network is well spread and developped regarding the high internet penetration, number of ISPs and number of hosts per inhabitant. At the end of 2015 there were almost 600,000 broadband internet connections. Most of them were xDSL connections, but in recent years their number has been declining. At the same time the number of optical fiber access and cable modem connections are rising.


The Podravje region is a part of national energetic network so all kinds of energy are equally available allover the country. The Slovenia’s energy sources have the features as described below. Despite the fact that Slovenia is completely dependent on the import of liquid and gas fuels, with 44% in 2014, the country’s energy dependency was 44.6% or 8.8 percentage point below the EU-28 average and the reason for classifying Slovenia among the Member States with medium dependency.


Slovenia depends almost entirely on natural gas supplied from abroad - mainly supplied from Russia (42%), Austria (35%) and Algeria (16%). The remaining quantities are supplied from Italy. The Slovenian gas transmission network consists of 1,121 km of pipelines.


The present situation on the market offers numerous opportunities ranging from unfinished projects or empty building slots at prime locations for bargain prices, to hotels, flats and industrial buildings held by the “The Bank Assets Management Company” (BAMC).

Three most interesting categories of real estate are:

  • industrial land (business zones),
  • commercial property and
  • tourist oriented real estate.


Foreign legal entities established in the Podravje region as well as wider in the country of Slovenia can benefit from a national treatment regime with regard to the acquisition and ownership of real estate. Foreign companies incorporated or founded in Slovenia have the same purchase rights and rights to the use of land and natural resources as those by the Slovenian enterprises.

Companies not incorporated or founded in Slovenia have the same rights if they have subsidiaries/enterprises based in the EU and all transactions are justified by the primary activity of the business.


The research and development activities in the Podravje region and generally in Slovenia are well developped, specially when compared to other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. A growing number of publications as well as fast expansion in R&D intensity over a decade speak about important success of research activities in Slovenia. As per European Innovation Scoreboard 2015, prepared by the European Commission, Slovenia has been recognized as the fastest growing Innovation follower among group of member states like Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg and Netherlands.