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The human fish can live to nearly 60 years of age. Photo: BoBo

In 1689, the great ethnographer Janez Valvasor wrote about baby dragons living in Slovenia. These baby dragons are now known to us as the Olm, or Proteus, or človeška ribica – the human fish. The small, blind, salamander-like creature lives in subterranean waters of the Karst region. It has three »fingers« but two toes and can live to nearly 60 years of age. There is also a black proteus, which was discovered in 1986, near Črnomelj. If you ever want to see one, just head to the caves of Postojna, or (if you can find one) on the back of the now abandoned tolar coins.

Some people have complained about ...

Some people have complained about the slow pace of the judicial system. But did you know that Slovenia actually has more judges and magistrates per capita than almost any other country in the world? According to UN data, Slovenia...

What do Slovenes eat more ...

What do Slovenes eat more than anything else? The answer is bread. According to the most recent data, Slovenes eat about 40 kilos of bread a year. While that may sound like a lot, its popularity has been falling. When Slovenia...

Nevermind Dracula and Nosferatu! The first ...

Nevermind Dracula and Nosferatu! The first vampire to be mentioned in classical records was Jure Grando of Istria. The Slovenian writer Janez Valvasor wrote about him in a book published in 1689. According to the story, Grando...

How safe is Ljubljana ...

How safe is Ljubljana? According to the Mercer world survey, it’s one of the safest cities in the world. In 2011, it ranked 30th in the world in terms of personal safety. That makes the capital of Slovenia is safer than any city...

You’ve probably seen Slovenia’s euro ...

You’ve probably seen Slovenia’s euro coins already, but there are a few things about them that make them special. The first is the 2-cent piece, which shows the Prince’s Stone. What’s special about it? The fact that it’s actually...

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...

When it comes to using the Internet ...

When it comes to using the Internet, there is one thing that Slovenes do differently from other Europeans. According to data from eurostat, Slovenes are the most enthusiastic users of parental controls and web filters. A full 25%...

The white stork has long been ...

The white stork has long been associated with good luck. And Slovenia is lucky to offer the big birds a home. Especially because they have disappeared from many parts of western Europe. The last wild stork seen in Belgium was...