Social exclusion has always been a major problem in each country. It threatens the life of most vulnerable groups and presents difficulties and distress for people, who have involuntarily found themselves in this unenviable position. The global financial and economic crisis has in recent years greatly shocked Europe. It has most severely affected less developed countries, such as Slovenia. Few countries with a stable and strong economy have been able to avoid the consequences of the crisis. Scandinavian countries, which are considered the most developed countries in the world, have managed to remain less affected. On the other hand, Slovenia as a small and open country with a highly corrupt economy was affected by a big banking loan crisis, high unemployment, unsustainable over-indebtedness, collapse of major construction and other companies and, consequently, a strong and long-lasting political crisis, which was resolved in the last moment, before the forthcoming arrival of the so called “trio” from Brussels, which caused Greece a lot of trouble.
In this thesis I identify, what triggered the financial and economic crisis, how the crisis has spread throughout the world and what consequences it brought. Based on the data, collected through a study of various documents and reports from the field of the financial and economic crisis, I present the situation before and during the crisis. In doing so, I present the plight of the weakest, which are manifesting in social exclusion. In continuation, I present those individuals, who are in Slovenia called the socially excluded, and the role of the State in this manner. In the search for solutions and measures to mitigate the social exclusion, I helped myself with the currently most ideal model of society, represented by Scandinavian countries.