Following the setback during the crisis, Slovenia has been making progress in terms of economic development and the welfare of its population in recent years; it has also reduced pressures on the environment. Since 2014 the economic picture has been improving, and Slovenia is again catching up with economically more advanced countries. The recovery has led to an overall improvement in the material situation of the population, while quality of life is also being favourable affected by the relatively good access to a large part of public services. Despite the rising economic activity, the movements of key environmental indicators have remained favourable in the last few years.
However, owing to the significant fall in GDP during the crisis, Slovenia still lags significantly more behind the EU average than before the crisis in terms of economic development and the living standard of its population.