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Slovenes are enthusiastic readers ...

Slovenia has around 60 public libraries. Photo: rtvslo.si

Slovenes are enthusiastic readers. The country has around 60 public libraries across the country, and Slovenes check out around 20 million titles every year. That’s one of the highest rates in Europe. (In fact, only Denmark has a higher rate) It means that the average Slovene checks out 10 items a year.

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...

The oldest existing document ...

The oldest existing document in Slovene is the Freising Manuscript. Probably written before the year 1000, they are also the first example of a text written in a Slavic language in Latin script. The manuscript is currently in the...

The University of Ljubljana ...

The University of Ljubljana is in one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but it’s still one of Europe’s largest universities. In fact, with 64,000 students, the University of Ljubljana is about twice as big as Berlin’s famous...

It’s harder to find a place ...

It’s harder to find a place on Earth more beautiful than the area around Kobarid in western Slovenia. Known in Italian as Caporetto, it was also the stage of some of the worst fighting in World War 1. The Battle of Caporetto was...

If you see a big bird circling over ...

If you see a big bird circling over a Slovenian highway, it’s probably a Common Buzzard, known in Slovene as a kanja. In the spring, you may even catch one doing something called “the roller coaster.” This is a display by the...

Where do immigrants from Slovenia ...

Where do immigrants from Slovenia come from? The answer is, primarily, Bosnia. And this by a very wide margin. In fact, even if you add together most of the other immigrants… it’s still less. This means that, in one year, more...

Bears often appear as a national ...

Bears often appear as a national symbol. The city of Berlin uses a bear symbol, so does the Swiss capital, Bern. The bear does not appear in Slovenia’s national heraldry, which is a bit a of a surprise. Why? Because, according to...

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...