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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”.

There were days when people thought ...

There were days when people thought e-mail would make regular mail (or snail mail) obsolete. But the number of letters sent by the Slovenian post office has only been growing. In 1995, the post office handled about 200,000...

The next time you spray perfume ...

The next time you spray perfume or cologne on, spare a thought for the amazing Slovenian inventor Peter Florjančič. He’s the man who invented the perfume atomizer back in 1950. He also invented the plastic zipper, plastic ice...

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...

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...

Most airports in capital cities are ...

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...

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,...

Slovenia is a small country ...

Slovenia is a small country – that’s something everyone seems to know. And it’s true: Slovenia makes up less than 0.004 % of the Earth. But! Slovenia has tremendous biodiversity for its small size. It has a full 1% of all living...

The Mladika building in Ljubljana ...

The Mladika building in Ljubljana is currently the home of the Slovenian foreign ministry. But that’s not what it was when it was first built. It was built in 1895 in red-brick and stucco with owl motifs. The owls were supposed...