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Slovenia has more judges per capita than any other country. Photo: rtvslo.si

Some people have complained about the slow pace of the judicial system. But did you know that Slovenia actually has more judges and magistrates per capita than almost any other country in the world? According to UN data, Slovenia has 0.44 judges and magistrates for every 1,000 people. That puts them in third place in the world – ahead of the United States and every other EU member country. Despite this, Slovenia lost a case in 2008 in the European Court of Human rights – it was fined 9,000 euros for its backlog of trials and for violating the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time.

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...

The great composer Gustav Mahler ...

The great composer Gustav Mahler spent time in Ljubljana. In 1881, he conducted his first full-scale opera in what was then Laibach. It was one of 50 works he presented during his brief time there. Despite this, there is not a...

It’s nicknamed “the emerald beauty” ...

It’s nicknamed “the emerald beauty” and many consider it to be one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The Soča, which starts in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, is a rare color of green. It looks so unreal, in fact, that Disney...

Idrija is famous in Slovenia for ...

Idrija is famous in Slovenia for its long tradition of lace-making. In fact, Idrija lace first appeared in historical records centuries ago. But did you know that the first lace making school actually opened in Ljubljana in 1764?...

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...

Nature preservation in Slovenia ...

Nature preservation in Slovenia goes back more than a century. In fact, the beginnings could be traced to 1892. In that year, a man named Dr. Leopold Hufnagel declared that parts of the forest around Kočevje should be left alone....

Only five European countries use ...

Only five European countries use a toll sticker system for their roads. You buy the sticker, put it on your windshield, and then drive around.Slovenia is one of the five countries and is also the most expensive one. You have to...

The viaduct Črni kal is both ...

The viaduct Črni kal is both the longest and tallest bridge in Slovenia. It is one kilometer long and took three years to build. Every day about 20,000 vehicles drive over it. More problematic is how to pronounce it. The official...