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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.

Not many countries have folk heroes ...

Not many countries have folk heroes who are smugglers and tax evaders, but Slovenia does. The legend of Martin Krpan is the popular story of a powerful man who carries salt from the Adriatic into Austria. He later defeats the...

Witches are a big part of Slovenia’s ...

Witches are a big part of Slovenia’s cultural tradition. They appear in fairy tales, stories, and longer literary works. But Slovenia also has many places that were famous as meeting places for witches. That includes the top of...

If you want to have a very special marriage ...

If you want to have a very special marriage, try having it on the island of Bled. You get there by taking a traditional wooden boat. That’s the easy part. When you arrive, the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps that lead...

Slovenes are beautiful ...

Slovenes are beautiful, but the world hasn’t realized it yet. So far, there has never been a Slovenian miss world, a Slovenian miss universe, a Slovenian miss earth or miss international. The same goes for men: Slovenia has won...

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...

Less and less young Slovenes ...

Less and less young Slovenes are going to the cinema. In 2005, teenagers were the biggest group of people going to see movies in Slovenia. That has since changed. Now, teenagers are not the most common moviegoers. It’s people in...

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...

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...