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Many of Slovenia’s great poets ...

The modernist Srečko Kosovel died at 22 of meningitis. Photo: rtvslo.si

Many of Slovenia’s great poets died young. Slovenia’s ultimate poet, France Prešeren, died at just 48. The great writer and poet Ivan Cankar died at the age of 42. And, most unfortunately, the modernist Srečko Kosovel died at 22 of meningitis. However, their work remains. Kosovel left more than a 1,000 poems behind. Prešeren’s poem Zdravljica forms the basis of the current national anthem, and Cankar’s plays are still performed today.

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...

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's unluckiest animal is ...

Slovenia's unluckiest animal is probably the blind cave beetle, Anophthalmus hitleri. The unfortunate beetle was named after Adolf Hitler by a German collector who found it in the 1930s. And as if that wasn’t enough, the...

You may know that Krajnska Gora ...

You may know that Krajnska Gora hosts a famous ski jumping competition in Planica every year. But did you know that more world records are made there than anywhere else? The first person to ever ski jump over 100 meters did it in...

For a small country, Slovenia ...

For a small country, Slovenia can have radically different temperatures in different places. However, it’s usually about 21 degrees in the summertime and around 0 degrees in the winter. But those are just averages. Sometimes it...

Slovenia is criss-crossed ...

Slovenia is criss-crossed by about 500 kilometers of motorway. By comparison, Poland has about 900 kilometers of motorway despite being 15 times larger than Slovenia. However, Poland takes the prize when it comes to speed limits....

What country won the 2000 Sydney ...

What country won the 2000 Sydney Olympics? If you count total medals, the answer is easy: The United States, which bagged 40. But if you go per capita, there’s a new champion: The Bahamas. And the silver medal goes to Slovenia,...

In the Slovenian version of the nursery ...

In the Slovenian version of the nursery rhyme Frere Jacques, they ask if Mojster Jaka is still sleeping. But when it comes to sleeping nobody in Slovenia beats King Matjaž. According to the legend, the King was good but had many...