Demographic data

Pursuant to the applicable legislation in the field of the protection of personal data, the ministries and governmental offices and competent institutions do not keep special personal registers on the basis of ethnicity or nationality. Thus, the data on their number is acquired only from the official census registers regulated by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia.


In the census in 2002, 3.246 citizens declared themselves as the members of the Roma community, while 3.834 persons stated the Roma language as their mother tongue. Compared to the census data from 1991, where the data indicates that 2.259 citizens declared themselves as the Roma, i.e. 30.5% less than in the 2002 census, while 2.752 persons stated the Roma language as their mother tongue, i.e. 28.2% less than in 2002 (General information on the Roma ethnic community in the Republic of Slovenia, 2006, p.  1).


According to the Centers for Social Work for the year 2008 (Urh, 2009, p. 85) and the 2002 Census regarding the number of the Roma in Ljubljana (Hrženjak et al., 2008, p. 30), there is 10.961 of Roma people in Slovenia, in the following municipalities: 61 in Brežice, 707 in Črnomelj, 210 in Grosuplje, 505 in Kočevje, 350 in Krško, 449 in Lendava, 218 in Ljubljana, 3.000 in Maribor, 285 in Metlika, 3500 in Murska Sobota, 1.250 in Novo Mesto, 126 in Ribnica and 300 in Trebnje.


Despite the official census data, it is estimated that between 7.000 and 10.000 Roma people live in the Republic of Slovenia; the majority in Prekmurje, Dolenjska region, Bela Krajina and Posavje.