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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.

At the beginning of the 20th century ...

At the beginning of the 20th century, Slovenia saw a huge migration. Hundreds of thousands of Slovenes left for destinations all over the world. One popular choice was the United States, which still has a sizeable population in...

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...

There is almost one cow for every ...

There is almost one cow for every four Slovenian inhabitants. In raw numbers, that means there’s about half a million cattle in Slovenia. But that’s nothing compared to the number of chickens in the country. There are more than 5...

Slovenia is getting older ...

Slovenia is getting older. Not just the country, but the people. By the year 2060, one-third of the people in Slovenia will be over the age of 64. That’s quite a difference from today. Right now, about 17% of Slovenes are over...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon ...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon? Not yet, but there is one Slovene who kind of is. His name is Jurij Vega, the famous Slovenian mathematician and physicist, who set a world record for calculating pi to more than a hundred...

Like most of Europe, Slovenia is ...

Like most of Europe, Slovenia is getting older. According to the OECD, in 2030, about 25% of people will be over the age of 65. This will make older, retired people much more common than teenagers and children, who will be only...

The Pleterje Charterhouse is ...

The Pleterje Charterhouse is a one-of-a-kind building. It’s the only Carthusian monastery in Slovenia. There are only 400 Carthusian monks still left in the world, and only a few in the charterhouse near Šentjernej. Their goal is...

Since independence, the Slovenian ...

Since independence, the Slovenian economy has been shifting away from manufacturing and towards services. Thousands of jobs in manufacturing have disappeared, especially in textiles, where more than 10,000 jobs disappeared in the...