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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.

Words in English, French and German ...

Words in English, French and German almost always require a vowel: A, E, I, O, or U (and sometimes Y). Slovene, however, has plenty of words without vowels. Interestingly, many of them are related to gardens. In fact, garden...

If you like hiking, you’ll find ...

If you like hiking, you’ll find plenty of places to do so in Slovenia. The country has over 7,000 kilometres of mountain hiking trails. If you walked every trail in Slovenia, it would take you 3 months of non-stop, 24-hour...

Who is the richest Slovene ...

Who is the richest Slovene? Magazines often publish their rankings of the richest people in Slovenia, and the rankings usually include managers like Mirko Tuš and Darko Horvat, who are among the handful of people in Slovenia with...

When it comes to financial damage ...

When it comes to financial damage from natural disasters, Slovenia’s podravska region has been the unluckiest recently. From 1999 until 2009, the region has suffered some 158 million euros in damages. The region, which includes...

Anže Kopitar made history by ...

Anže Kopitar made history by becoming the first Slovenian ice hockey player to play in the American National Hockey League. He was drafted in 2005 by the Los Angeles Kings, where he has been tremendously successful. Besides...

Slovenia is considered a high-income ...

Slovenia is considered a high-income nation, with per capita GDP at 18,000 euros. That’s the highest among eastern European countries. The closest is the Czech Republic, with per capita GDP at about 13,000. But it’s still roughly...

Back in 1895, there were about ...

Back in 1895, there were about 30,000 people living in Ljubljana. (That’s about the size of Nova Gorica today) A terrible surprise greeted the residents of Ljubljana on April 14: a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city. The...

What’s the difference between ...

What’s the difference between a monster and a dragon? Nothing, when it comes to the Ljubljana dragon. The famous dragon of Ljubljana, which guards the “dragon bridge” and adorns the city flag, may be connected with the ancient...