News roundup - Saturday, 4 May

Ljubljana, 4 May - Below is a roundup of major events on Saturday, 4 May:

IMF projects Slovenia to overtake Italy in purchasing power by 2029

WASHINGTON, US - The latest projections of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that, given the expected difference in economic growth rates, Slovenia will overtake Italy in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in purchasing power standards by 2029 and come much closer to the UK and France. In terms of this indicator, Slovenia is already ahead of Greece, Portugal and Spain, notes the IMF which has forecast a 2.5% growth in Slovenia for 2025, and of around 2.7% for the following two years.

Slovenia back among ice hockey elite

BOLZANO, Italy - The Slovenian men's ice hockey team qualified for the 2025 IIHF World Championship, the elite level of international competition, by securing a top-two finish at the ongoing IIHF World Championship Division I in Italy's Bolzano. Slovenia defeated Japan 3:1 on Friday afternoon and Hungary beat Italy 3:2 in overtime in the evening match for the two neighbouring nations to secure promotion to the elite level next year. "A lot of work has been invested in this. We started building the project last year, and we believed in what we had been doing all season," said head coach Edo Terglav.

Polish cavers find dead body in cave near Sežana

SEŽANA - Two Polish cavers found the dead body of a middle-aged man in the Golokratna Cave near Sežana in southwestern Slovenia on Friday evening, which was confirmed by the local cave rescue centre. The body was taken out of the cave today. The man did not have caving equipment, and had not entered the cave together with the Polish cavers, said Sandi Curk, the commander of the civil protection of the Notranjska region, adding that no missing person had been reported in the area.

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