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How expensive is living in Ljubljana ...

It is very expensive to live in Ljubljana. Photo: rtvslo.si

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 in Slovenia are just half of the salaries in Germany and Belgium. Nevertheless, buying a square meter in Ljubljana is still far below London and Paris, where a square meter is around 13,000 to 15,000 euros. And even the biggest European capitals can’t compete with Monaco, where one square meter costs about 40,000 euros.

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...

There have been Slovenian islands ...

There have been Slovenian islands, but not anymore. For example: the City of Izola. The Italian name of the city means Island, which is odd because it’s not an island. At least, not anymore. It was connected to the mainland with...

Anyone traveling around Slovenia ...

Anyone traveling around Slovenia has noticed plenty of chapels, churches and cathedrals across the landscape. The country has a long catholic tradition and has been called the “country of churches.” Altogether, there are about...

In Slovenia, you can pay to stay ...

In Slovenia, you can pay to stay in a prison cell. The Hostel Celica in Ljubljana was once a prison but has since been converted to what Lonely Planet once called the #1 hippest hostel. It’s also made the Rough Guide list of 25...

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...

What’s the longest word in Slovene ...

What’s the longest word in Slovene? It’s dialektičnomaterialističen, and it means materialistic in a dialectic way. Whatever that means. At 26 letters, it’s the undisputed champion in length. (This isn’t the case in English,...

The Knights Templar were a famous ...

The Knights Templar were a famous Christian military order of the Middle Ages. Although they’re gone (except in the occasional mystery novel) their buildings are still around. In Slovenia, their legacy remains in the old...

Slovenia almost has the shortest coast ...

Slovenia almost has the shortest coast of all European countries. Slovenia’s coast is only about 47 km long. That makes it the second smallest in Europe: only the coast of Bosnia and Herzegovina is shorter, at 30 km. Behind...