As January unfolds, it brings with it not just frosty landscapes but also the promise of fresh beginnings, renewed choices, and a plethora of New Year's resolutions. While the exact number of Slovenian residents committed to these resolutions remains a statistical mystery, the Statistical Office (SURS) sheds light on the common aspirations that echo through Slovenia.
Come January 17, known whimsically as "Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day," there's a chance some resolutions may face abandonment. Yet, let's delve into the aspirations that resonate with Slovenians, as unveiled by SURS.
Savouring Healthier Choices
A prevalent New Year's resolution among Slovenians is the commitment to embrace healthier food choices. In 2022, the average Slovenian had access to 105 kg of vegetables, 134 kg of fruit, and 1.3 kg of honey. The stats reveal a positive trend, with a significant percentage of both men and women consuming fruits and vegetables daily.
Embracing an Active Lifestyle
In pursuit of a more active and vibrant life, Slovenians strive to engage in sports. The data from 2022 indicates that a substantial percentage of both men and women incorporated physical activity into their routines, fostering a culture of vitality and well-being. Over 80 percent of Slovenians practice sport at least once a week.
Curtailing the Consumption of Alcohol and Cigarettes
The resolution to cut back on alcohol and cigarettes finds resonance in Slovenia. The statistics highlight the average availability of wine per resident in 2020 and reveal the sobering truth about the impact of excessive alcohol consumption on public health.
Tightening the Purse Strings
With an aim to curb unnecessary spending, Slovenians are mindful of their financial habits. Slovenia's sales of non-food products in December 2022 were below the EU-27 average, indicating a conscious effort to be discerning consumers.
Balancing Work and Leisure
Striking a balance between work and personal time is a priority for many Slovenians. The data shows a decrease in average working hours per week compared to 2008, reflecting an evolving approach to work-life equilibrium.
The resolution to spend more quality time with friends and family echoes through Slovenia. In 2022, a significant percentage of residents made a conscious effort to connect over a drink or a meal, fostering stronger social bonds.
Embarking on New Adventures
The desire to explore new horizons and enjoy more holidays is evident in Slovenian resolutions. The statistics on travel destinations reveal a penchant for seaside and countryside getaways, with Croatia emerging as a favourite international retreat.
As Slovenians embark on the journey of the new year, these resolutions reflect a collective commitment to well-being, balance, and meaningful connections—a testament to the vibrant spirit of this green, active and healthy country.
Date: 17. January 2024
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