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Herbert von Karajan is widely considered ...

The famous conductor had roots in Slovenia. Photo: wikipedia

Herbert von Karajan is widely considered one of the greatest conductors who ever lived. He led the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years and his performances have sold more than 200 million albums. But few people know that the famous conductor had roots in Slovenia. His maternal grandfather was born in Mojstrana, a small village near the Julian alps. By coincidence, the composer Hugo Wolf can also trace his mother’s family back to the small town of Mojstrana. But unlike Wolf, von Karajan was born in present-day Austria – in Salzburg. Still, the two classical music giants shared a common root in Slovenia.

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...

No Slovenian writer has won ...

No Slovenian writer has won the Nobel Prize for literature. But a Yugoslav writer did. In 1961, Ivo Andrič, the author of the book “The Bridge on the Drina”, won the prestigious award. However, although many people have heard of...

One of Slovenia’s oldest traditions ...

One of Slovenia’s oldest traditions is the 200-year-old tradition of the eights. (Known as the osmice) Two centuries ago in the Karst region, farmers had  8 days to sell surplus wine, homemade pršut, and other meat without...

Only one man in human history ...

Only one man in human history has swum the length of the Danube, the Mississippi, the Yangtze River and even the Amazon River. And he’s Slovene. Known as “The Fish Man”, Martin Strel’s swimming records are legendary.He was born...

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...

What’s the biggest Slovenian restaurant ...

What’s the biggest Slovenian restaurant business? McDonald’s. There are around 30 various McDonald’s outlets around the country, making them the largest chain of restaurants in Slovenia. And they managed to do so very, very...

Slovenes love music ...

Slovenes love music, and evidence suggests people here have been loving it for a long, long time. Europe’s oldest musical instrument was found near Cerkno in northwest Slovenia and is believed to be about 55,000 years old. It’s a...

You may know that Slovenia is ...

You may know that Slovenia is the only country in the world with the word “love” written in the middle. But there are other anagrams as well. For example, the letters in Slovenia can be rearranged to spell “Alive son” and “Save...