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Slovenia facts

Little facts about a small country that is all-too-often overlooked: Slovenia. From people to places, from history to today, you'll hear about all the things that make Slovenia special and different. Even Slovenes may learn something new about their homeland.

Slovenia facts are prepared by Michael Manske.

You can listen to the show every day at 11.20 and 15.20.



The Eurovision song contest is ...

The Eurovision song contest is famous for neighbors voting for each other. So it’s no surprise that Slovenia and Croatia have given each other the most points in the history of the contest. Bosnia has been the second most popular...

The largest municipality in Slovenia ...

The largest municipality in Slovenia, in terms of area, is Kočevje in southern Slovenia. Its history is unique. Starting in the 14th century, the town was settled by Germans who spoke a Bavarian dialect. The town, then named...

There were days when people thought ...

There were days when people thought e-mail would make regular mail (or snail mail) obsolete. But the number of letters sent by the Slovenian post office has only been growing. In 1995, the post office handled about 200,000...

Slovenian cuisine is rich and varies ...

Slovenian cuisine is rich and varies from region to region. One of the oldest, and for many people strangest, dishes is the edible dormouse. Known as “navadni polh”, the little rodent is still a specialty in parts of inner...

Idrija is famous in Slovenia for ...

Idrija is famous in Slovenia for its long tradition of lace-making. In fact, Idrija lace first appeared in historical records centuries ago. But did you know that the first lace making school actually opened in Ljubljana in 1764?...

Once, in Slovenia’s third largest city ...

Once, in Slovenia’s third largest city of Celje, a whole book was written and published in just 12 hours? It was a world record. The book was created in 12 hours by 12 writers. They started writing the book at 7 a.m. and the...

Robin Hood is well known all over ...

Robin Hood is well known all over the world. But Slovenia had its own version. According to legend, the knight Erasmus of Lueg lived in the 15th century in the Predjamski Grad, in the castle of Luegg. He robbed caravans but...

About the same number of tourists ...

About the same number of tourists go through Slovenia every year as Slovenes.According to the statistics office, there were about 2 million foreign tourists in Slovenia in 2010. Since the number has been steadily growing over the...