When Adele in Slovenia Became Adele ‘Is’ a Slovene!

After a process that took almost 10 months and was, at times, exasperating to say the least, I finally became a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia on Tuesday 10th September 2019!

After such a lengthy and laborious process, which began with me passing the Slovenian language exam and was thereafter followed by a period of gathering documents, more documents and more documents, the actual official awarding of the citizenship was a simple and quick affair; just a case of reading the official oath, signing a few documents and that was that!

And since it’s said that every Slovene must make it to the summit of Triglav once in their life, four days later I did just that!

Since it’s not every day that one becomes a Slovene, I decided a good old knees-up was in order and invited those who have been, or rather are, an important part of my life here. After pondering where to hold it, I decided on Gostišče Tulipan in Lesce, as it is known for its great traditional Slovenian food, friendly service, spacious rooms and pleasant ambience.

We had the area downstairs to ourselves and it definitely turned out to be the right choice as the organisation and service was exemplary and I was also delighted that I was able to enjoy a great meal in great company without having to worry about being ‘glutened’ as I had agreed the whole menu in advance and given strict instructions re gluten contamination.

So, I’d like to extend a huge thanks to the whole team at Gostišče Tulipan for their efforts and also thanks to all those who came and made it such a great evening.

And Gostišče Tulipan even took care of a (gluten-free) ‘Slovenka sem’ (I’m a Slovene) cake too, which we managed to polish off pretty quickly!

As befits such a gathering, I donned a Slovenian national costume to (re)read the oath, accompanied by the Slovenian national anthem…

Becoming a Slovene wasn’t easy, as with so many things in life, but I’m proud to be able to say I am and wouldn’t have it any other way!

© Adele in Slovenia




20 thoughts on “When Adele in Slovenia Became Adele ‘Is’ a Slovene!

  1. Did you give up your British citizenship to become Slovenian? What advantages do you have being Slovenian? It seems to be an awful lot of trouble you went to! Why on earth did you do it? I am British too and very involved with Slovenians but becoming Slovenian? I don’t think so!

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  2. Hi Tessa,

    No, fortunately I was able to get dual citizenship, which was one of the factors in deciding to apply, since once the UK leaves the EU it won’t be possible anymore, so I got there just in time – although who knows what will, or won’t, happen re Brexit!


  3. Congratulations Adele!! This is so cool! I admire your bold step and it doesn’t have to be justified to anyone. This was clearly a labor of love for a new culture, it’s people and the wonderful sense of belonging that only citizenship provides. And to master that language sufficiently…oh my! 😱 I am impressed! And so happy you knocked off Triglav, 🏔 🧗🏻‍♀️ being the hiker/adventurer you are. Awesome experience. Well done I say. 👏🏼👏🏼🏆🏅🇸🇮🇬🇧

  4. Čestitam vam za pogumen korak. Bil sem ganjen, ko sem prebral zapis v Gorenjskem Glasu. Vesel sem, da ste navdušeni nad našimi lepotami in kulturo in prepričan sem, da boste zgledna državljanka.

    • Thanks! Yes, that’s Kredarica. It looks pretty different now, though, there’s almost 3 metres of snow up there already. It has rained pretty much the whole month down here in the valley and snowed up there, leading to record snowfall for this time of year at the Kredarica hut. It’s so depressing, wet, miserable, dark…roll on spring!

  5. Fun read, thank you 🙂
    I “did” Triglav years ago, way before deciding I’d like to move to Slovenia. I’m still in the brainstorm phase, haven’t planned anything yet, but the current situation in the world makes me want to move to Slovenia asap. I’m a Dutch national and am curious if the dual citizenship will be an option for me too. Do you have a Slovene partner as well? If so, did this help in the proces?

    • Hi, I managed to get my application in and approved (it was a very lengthy process!) prior to Brexit, hence I was able to get dual citizenship. Since Brexit this is no longer possible. So, in your case, I guess you would be okay, since the Netherlands is (still) in the EU. I moved here from the UK alone, though I do have a Slovenian partner now but that didn’t have any influence on my application at all – in fact they didn’t even ask – since we aren’t married and my flat and other assets are all registered to me alone. Some food for thought for you at this difficult time. Regards, Adele

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