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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.

There is almost one cow for every ...

There is almost one cow for every four Slovenian inhabitants. In raw numbers, that means there’s about half a million cattle in Slovenia. But that’s nothing compared to the number of chickens in the country. There are more than 5...

Robin Hood is well known all over ...

Robin Hood is well known all over the world. But Slovenia had its own version. According to legend, the knight Erasmus of Lueg lived in the 15th century in the Predjamski Grad, in the castle of Luegg. He robbed caravans but...

Has a Slovene ever won ...

Has a Slovene ever won the prestigious Nobel prize? It's a bit of a difficult question to answer. One candidate comes to mind: Friderik Pregl, who won for chemistry in 1923. Pregl was born in Ljubljana, but at the time the city...

What’s the most common crime ...

What’s the most common crime in Slovenia? The answer is property crimes, by far. More people are convicted of it every year than anything else. It results in more convictions than public disturbance, physical assault, and most...

When do Slovenes leave the country ...

When do Slovenes leave the country? The most common age for men to emigrate out of Slovenia is around 30. After that age, something interesting happens: less and less men leave the country. That’s not the case with Slovenian...

The word "visionary" is probably ...

The word "visionary" is probably overused, but there is one Slovene who can only be described as a "visionary." His name was Herman Potočnik, and in the year 1928 published: The Problem of Space Travel - The...

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...

Slovenia's highest mountain is ...

Slovenia's highest mountain is Triglav at 2,864 meters. It's the tallest mountain in the Julian alps, but how does it compare to manmade buildings? Well, to build to the top of Triglav, you would have to stack the Burj al arab,...