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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.



Slovenes love mobile phones ...

Slovenes love mobile phones. So much so that there are more mobile phones in this country than people. The penetration rate last year was an astounding 103%. That means more than 100 phones for every 100 people. By comparison, in...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon ...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon? Not yet, but there is one Slovene who kind of is. His name is Jurij Vega, the famous Slovenian mathematician and physicist, who set a world record for calculating pi to more than a hundred...

The battle of the Isonzo was ...

The battle of the Isonzo was immortalized by the writer Ernest Hemingway in the book “A farewell to arms.“ Starting in 2007, the memory of the people lost to the war has been honored by something called the Walk of Peace. The...

Bears often appear as a national ...

Bears often appear as a national symbol. The city of Berlin uses a bear symbol, so does the Swiss capital, Bern. The bear does not appear in Slovenia’s national heraldry, which is a bit a of a surprise. Why? Because, according to...

Witches are a big part of Slovenia’s ...

Witches are a big part of Slovenia’s cultural tradition. They appear in fairy tales, stories, and longer literary works. But Slovenia also has many places that were famous as meeting places for witches. That includes the top of...

If you’re learning Slovene ...

If you’re learning Slovene, here’s a helpful hint. If something is terrible, in Slovene it usually has the “feminine” case. For example, words like Smrt (death), kuga (the plague), bolezen (sickness) and pošast (monster) are all...

Napoleon ended his life ...

Napoleon ended his life in exile on the island of St. Helena. But it was in Ljubljana, that Europeans gathered to decide what Europe would look like without him. In 1821, representatives from all of the European powers gathered...

If you want to have a very special marriage ...

If you want to have a very special marriage, try having it on the island of Bled. You get there by taking a traditional wooden boat. That’s the easy part. When you arrive, the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps that lead...