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The lands that are currently in ...

People have been living in the Ljubljana since 2000 BC. Photo: BoBo

The lands that are currently in Slovenia have at times belonged to numerous states and empires. Before Slovenia finally achieved independence, parts of the country were in the Roman Empire, the Frankish Kingdom, the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Empire, the French Empire, as well as multiple versions of Yugoslavia. People have been living in the Ljubljana marshes since 2000 BC. That means it was about 4000 years until the city that stands there today would be the capital of an independent country.

Mount Everest is the biggest mountain ...

Mount Everest is the biggest mountain in the world. The first person to climb it was the New Zealander Edmund Hillary. But the first person to ski down Everest was a Slovene: Davo Karničar went down the entire mountain. And he...

The Mercer world survey ranks ...

The Mercer world survey ranks cities by the quality of life there. In its recent survey, European cities dominated the rankings. German and Swiss cities topped with list, while Slovenia came in at number 75. Among Eastern Europe...

Slovenia's unluckiest animal is ...

Slovenia's unluckiest animal is probably the blind cave beetle, Anophthalmus hitleri. The unfortunate beetle was named after Adolf Hitler by a German collector who found it in the 1930s. And as if that wasn’t enough, the...

You may know that Slovenia is ...

You may know that Slovenia is the only country in the world with the word “love” written in the middle. But there are other anagrams as well. For example, the letters in Slovenia can be rearranged to spell “Alive son” and “Save...

Slovenia is known for good wines ...

Slovenia is known for good wines. But one thing about wine is very special in Slovenia. It is the Stara Trta, the oldest grape-vine on earth. It’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and sits in the old part of Maribor....

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...

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...

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...