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Slovenia has the most newspapers ...

There are 100 newspapers for every million Slovenes. Photo: BoBo

Slovenia has the most newspapers and periodicals per capita in the world. According to UNESCO, there are 100 newspapers and magazines for every million Slovenes. Just behind Slovenia is South Korea, followed by Nepal. At the bottom of the list: countries like Japan, Germany and Kenya, which have less than one publication per million people. But even if you take the total data, Slovenia does surprisingly well for its size. For non-daily periodicals, Slovenia still has more than countries like Germany, Poland, Spain and many others that are many times larger.

Slovenia suffered heavily from ...

Slovenia suffered heavily from the Second World War. The country had nearly 100,000 casualties, including a small Jewish population that was almost completely destroyed. An enormous number of Slovenes were also interned in...

The Ljubljana marathon began ...

The Ljubljana marathon began in 1996. In its history so far, only one person has won it three times in a row: Helena Javornik from Celje. Her course record was also untouched for a decade. She has also won the Vienna marathon and...

To find very old things made ...

To find very old things made out of wood is difficult. Wood rots, so it’s pretty much a miracle to find anything older than 5,000 years. But that’s what happened in Ljubljana a few years ago. Archaeologists uncovered a wooden...

The Slovenian war for independence ...

The Slovenian war for independence in 1991 was the first war in Europe since World War 2. It was also one of the shortest, lasting just 10 days, from June 27 to July 7, 1991. It was also, thankfully, one of the least bloody with...

Everybody knows the Japanese work ...

Everybody knows the Japanese work hard and long hours… or do they? What if I told you that Slovenes work longer hours than the Japanese? You wouldn’t believe me. But according to the OECD, Slovenes are some of the hardest working...

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...

The Eurovision song contest is ...

The Eurovision song contest is famous for neighbors voting for each other. So it’s no surprise that Slovenia and Croatia have given each other the most points in the history of the contest. Bosnia has been the second most popular...

Only 2.5 million people speak Slovene ...

Only 2.5 million people speak Slovene around the world. That may not sound like a lot, but it depends how you look at it. For one thing, never before in history have there been so many Slovene speakers. And, according to the...