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Religion: Persons belonging to minorities face legal and practical obstacles in exercising or manifesting their religion or belief?

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
Discrimination, Equality
19/01/2012 - 21:05
Short Answer

Members of the Muslim community in Slovenia face practical obstacles in exercising their religion since there is not yet a mosque built in Slovenia.

Qualitative Info

The Muslim community in Slovenia has been affected by the lack of adequate space for exercising its religion ifor decades, making at the same time efforts in administrative and political procedures to get permits for location of a mosque. Meanwhile, members of the Muslim community pray in some improvised prayer rooms, and in case of the biggest holidays they hire a sports halls for joint praying.

Since 2008, when the City of Ljubljana adopted key spatial planning documents allowing for the construction of the first mosque in Slovenia, there are prospects for the Muslim community to gain adequate space in near future for exercising its religion despite some difficulties and controversies.

In 2011, the international architectural competition for the conceptual design of the mosque in Ljubljana was organised by the  Islamic Community in Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana, and the solution was selected by members of the international committee, including the leader of the Islamic Community in Slovenia. According to the information provided by the Islamic Community to the media, it is expected to build the mosque in Ljubljana (with the financial support of Quatar) until 2015.


Mosque in Ljubljana, Date of access. 18.1.2012.

Islam in Slovenia, Date of access: 18.1.2012.

"Kdaj temeljni kamen za islamski center?" (When a founding stone for the mosque?), Delo, 6.11.2011, Date of access: 19.1.2012.

ECRI Report for Slovenia, 2007, Date of access: 19.1.2012.

Groups affected/interested Muslims
Type (R/D) Islamophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Religion
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