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It’s harder to find a place ...

Ernest Hemingway wrote about the Battle of Caporetto. Photo: rtvslo.si

It’s harder to find a place on Earth more beautiful than the area around Kobarid in western Slovenia. Known in Italian as Caporetto, it was also the stage of some of the worst fighting in World War 1. The Battle of Caporetto was the twelfth battle of the Isonzo (known in Slovenia as the Soča) which claimed around 200,000 Austro-Hungarian casualties and around 2 to 3 times as many Italian casualties. It was made famous in literature by Ernest Hemingway, whose book “A Farewell to Arms” takes place during the time.

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...

Slovenia is full of forrests ...

Slovenia is full of forrests. In fact, the country has more forrests than urban space. More than 60% of Slovenia is forrested. If that sounds like a lot, it's because it is. Especially in Europe. In fact, among European...

The origins of the name “Ljubljana” ...

The origins of the name “Ljubljana” are uncertain. Although it seems like it’s related to the Slovenian word for love, “ljubezen,” there are competing theories. One is that it comes from the Latin word alluviana, which comes from...

Herbert von Karajan is widely considered ...

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...

What’s the most popular surname ...

What’s the most popular surname in Slovenia? There’s only one family name that has more than 10,000 members and that’s Novak. Right behind it is: Horvat, Krajnc, Zupančič and Potočnik. Both Kovač and Kovačič are also in the top...

The Slovenian first football league ...

The Slovenian first football league started in 1991. Teams have dropped in and out from the beginning. So much so that only three teams have played in every season of the league: ND Gorica, NK Celje and NK Maribor. The pattern so...

The Ljubljana marathon began ...

The Ljubljana marathon began in 1996. In its history so far, only one person has won it three times in a row: Helena Javornik from Celje. Her course record was also untouched for a decade. She has also won the Vienna marathon and...

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...