Trieste, a Shopping Centre

  • Dušan Nećak Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Kongresni trg 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Keywords: Trieste, Udine Agreement, trade, shopping tourism, border, reselling


The author presents Trieste as a shopping centre for the Slovenes and the Yugoslavs - a topic which has not been dealt with much by Slovene researchers. He establishes that the flood of shoppers to Trieste reached its peak in the 1970s, when up to 6 million "shopping tourists" from Yugoslavia year visited the city annually. With the help of charts, graphs, photographs, and tables, he presents the development of the "shopping" phenomenon, which was the result of a slightly raised Iron Curtain in the early 1960s and special customs benefits granted to the population living near the border by several local traffic agreements (the Udine, the Gorizia, and the Trieste Agreements).