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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.



Slovenia has a long history of beekeeping ...

Slovenia has a long history of beekeeping, but the story cannot be told without mentioning Anton Janša. Although he left Vienna with the hope of becoming a painter, it was in beekeeping that he found his true calling. His skills...

How expensive is living in Ljubljana ...

How expensive is living in Ljubljana compared to other European cities? The answer: very. The price of real estate is comparable to European capitals like Berlin and Brussels. This despite the fact that the average net salaries...

Has a Slovene ever served as ...

Has a Slovene ever served as German chancellor? The answer is “kind of.” The chancellor who came after Bismarck was Leo von Caprivi. He served as chancellor from 1890 to 1894 and although he was born in Berlin, his family was...

One of the greatest sharpshooters ...

One of the greatest sharpshooters in the world is the Slovenian rifleman Rajmond Debevec. He scored a gold medal for Slovenia at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. He added that to a collection of over 25 medals from various world...

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...

Slovenian children tend to stay at home ...

Slovenian children tend to stay at home longer than virtually any other European children. In Sweden, for example, the majority of children leave their home at the age of 20. In the UK, it’s 24 for men and 22 for women. In...

Basketball is one of Slovenia’s favorite ...

Basketball is one of Slovenia’s favorite sports. No wonder then, that Slovenia is strongly represented in the world’s best basketball league: the NBA in the United States.  Eight Slovenian players have played  in the...

Like most of Europe, Slovenia is ...

Like most of Europe, Slovenia is getting older. According to the OECD, in 2030, about 25% of people will be over the age of 65. This will make older, retired people much more common than teenagers and children, who will be only...