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Ljubljana airport is named after politician Pučnik. Photo: BoBo

Most airports in capital cities are named after local heroes or former leaders. Ljubljana airport is one of the few named after a politician who never led the country. Whereas, say, Charles de Gaulle was a famous general and prime minister of France, Slovenia’s Jože Pučnik was a politician and intellectual, seen as one of the fathers of independent Slovenia. But he never served as president or prime minister. He retired from politics in 1996 and died in Germany in 2003.

One of Slovenia’s oldest traditions ...

One of Slovenia’s oldest traditions is the 200-year-old tradition of the eights. (Known as the osmice) Two centuries ago in the Karst region, farmers had  8 days to sell surplus wine, homemade pršut, and other meat without...

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....

Slovenia has one nuclear power plant ...

Slovenia has one nuclear power plant, which is located in the town of Krško. But it was originally supposed to have one more. In 1970, Yugoslav authorities agreed to build two nuclear power plants in each of the member republics....

The Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana ...

The Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana was originally built to honor the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I. The dragon was a symbol of royalty. It has since become a symbol of Ljubljana. And more. According to one legend, when a virgin...

One of the greatest sharpshooters ...

One of the greatest sharpshooters in the world is the Slovenian rifleman Rajmond Debevec. He scored a gold medal for Slovenia at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. He added that to a collection of over 25 medals from various world...

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...

Like many European languages ...

Like many European languages, Slovene is divided into feminine, masculine and neuter nouns. So, a woman is “tista žena” and a man is “tisti mož”. Bizarrely, however, “girl” is neuter. It’s “tisto dekle.” If it’s hard to wrap your...

Slovenia has the most newspapers ...

Slovenia has the most newspapers and periodicals per capita in the world. According to UNESCO, there are 100 newspapers and magazines for every million Slovenes. Just behind Slovenia is South Korea, followed by Nepal. At the...