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Slovenian cuisine is rich and varies ...

One of the oldest dishes is the edible dormouse. Photo: RSI

Slovenian cuisine is rich and varies from region to region. One of the oldest, and for many people strangest, dishes is the edible dormouse. Known as “navadni polh”, the little rodent is still a specialty in parts of inner Carniola. The recipe is old – the edible dormouse was considered a specialty in Roman times. Romans used to dip them in honey before eating them. Old Slovenian legends say that the devil himself was a shepherd for dormice – something that may have condemned the rodents to a spot on the menu.

Most of Slovenia's larger towns ...

Most of Slovenia's larger towns are "twinned" with other cities around Europe. None more so than Ljubljana, which is twinned with towns like Cleveland, Vienna, Belgrade and at least 20 more. Virtually all of the former...

The origins of the name “Ljubljana” ...

The origins of the name “Ljubljana” are uncertain. Although it seems like it’s related to the Slovenian word for love, “ljubezen,” there are competing theories. One is that it comes from the Latin word alluviana, which comes from...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon ...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon? Not yet, but there is one Slovene who kind of is. His name is Jurij Vega, the famous Slovenian mathematician and physicist, who set a world record for calculating pi to more than a hundred...

Slovenia celebrates the 31st of October ...

Slovenia celebrates the 31st of October, Reformation day (Dan reformacije). However, only about 1 % of all Slovenes are Protestants. So why is it a public holiday? Because it’s the reformation that Slovenia thanks for its...

You’ve probably heard of the composer ...

You’ve probably heard of the composer Georg Freidrich Haendl. But did you know there was a Slovenian Haendl, and that he was also a composer? It’s true. And the Slovenian Handl came first. He was a Renaissance composer named...

What’s the most popular Slovenian movie ...

What’s the most popular Slovenian movie? It’s a hard question to answer – maybe impossible. But according to the Internet Movie Database, the current number one is “Svet je velik in rešitev je za vogalom” from 2008.It’s the only...

If you think of animals that come ...

If you think of animals that come from Slovenia, you may think of white Lipizzaner horses. But there is another animal that may be even more popular: the Carniolan honey bee. Among beekeepers, it’s second only to the Italian Bee....

Back in 1895, there were about ...

Back in 1895, there were about 30,000 people living in Ljubljana. (That’s about the size of Nova Gorica today) A terrible surprise greeted the residents of Ljubljana on April 14: a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city. The...