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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.

Everybody knows the famous cviček ...

Everybody knows the famous cviček wine from Lower Carniola. (Dolenjska) The wine has been around since the Middle Ages, although back then it had a different name: Marvin. Even Valvasor wrote about Marvin, which probably came...

The number of traffic accidents ...

The number of traffic accidents in Slovenia has been declining in the past five years. According to the Statistics Office of Slovenia, the most dangerous month for drivers in 2009 was May. That was the most fatal month of the...

The Mladika building in Ljubljana ...

The Mladika building in Ljubljana is currently the home of the Slovenian foreign ministry. But that’s not what it was when it was first built. It was built in 1895 in red-brick and stucco with owl motifs. The owls were supposed...

Slovenia currently has 7 different ...

Slovenia currently has 7 different parties in its parliament. This is an impressive number, especially for such a small country. Germany, which is 40 times bigger than Slovenia, has less parties. So does Italy. The Czech Republic...

Ljubljana had a stock market ...

Ljubljana had a stock market as early as 1924. When it started, it traded primarily in goods like wood and grain. Trading was done as you may imagine it: people would gather on the floor and scream out their bids. Ljubljana’s...

Slovenia’s flag looks very similar ...

Slovenia’s flag looks very similar to Slovakia’s. In 2003, a campaign started to try to change Slovenia’s flag to make it more distinguishable and recognizable. All kinds of proposals were made, including a flag that looked more...

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...

What are people from Slovenia called ...

What are people from Slovenia called... in English? Are they Slovenes or are they Slovenians? There’s no one answer, unfortunately. The Oxford English Dictionary says “Slovenes,” but both are regularly used. The same goes for the...