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Nevermind Dracula and Nosferatu! The first ...

The first vampire to be mentioned in classical records was Jure Grando from the village of Kringa.

Nevermind Dracula and Nosferatu! The first vampire to be mentioned in classical records was Jure Grando of Istria. The Slovenian writer Janez Valvasor wrote about him in a book published in 1689. According to the story, Grando died in 1656, but rose from the dead and tormented the village of Kringa for 16 years. Among other things, he sexually assaulted his widow and would knock on villagers’ doors at night – a sign that they would die within a few days. Villagers tried their best to kill Grando, but couldn’t pierce his skin until one villager took a saw and decapitated him. Grando screamed and, finally, died. 200 years later, Bram Stoker would get world famous for his novel about the vampire “Dracula”.

Most countries have a national flower ...

Most countries have a national flower or plant—Slovenia has the linden leaf. And it’s pretty much the only one. For example, Portugal and Russia and Ukraine use the sunflower as a national symbol. The UK and Poland and Albania...

It’s rare to find adults living ...

It’s rare to find adults living by themselves in Slovenia, according to eurostat. Compared to other European countries, Slovenian houses are among the largest. In Scandinavia, for example, less than 1% of people live in homes...

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...

Per capita, Slovenia is the richest ...

Per capita, Slovenia is the richest Slavic state in the world. But even before independence, the country was a strong economic engine inside Yugoslavia. Even though Slovenes were only one-thirteenth of the total population, the...

Slovenian high school graduates ...

Slovenian high school graduates earned a spot in the Guiness Book of World records for holding the largest simultaneous quadrille in the world. Around 14,000 students all danced in the streets of 10 Slovenian cities at the same...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble ...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble with the use of the dual case. It’s a specialty of the Slovenian language, in that there is not only singular and plural but dual. Thus, “the two towers” in English is simply “Stolpa”...

Has a Slovene ever won ...

Has a Slovene ever won the prestigious Nobel prize? It's a bit of a difficult question to answer. One candidate comes to mind: Friderik Pregl, who won for chemistry in 1923. Pregl was born in Ljubljana, but at the time the city...

A specialty of Slovenia are the ...

A specialty of Slovenia are the so-called panjske končnice – decorated panels that are placed over bee hives. The first one appeared in 1758, and while the first ones generally dealt with biblical themes – they quickly developed...