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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.

Slovenia’s national anthem “A Toast” ...

Slovenia’s national anthem, “A Toast,” stands out among anthems for a number of reasons. For one, it’s based on a drinking toast. For two, the word “Slovenia” never appears in the text. In fact, the opening lines call for...

Slovenes are enthusiastic readers ...

Slovenes are enthusiastic readers. The country has around 60 public libraries across the country, and Slovenes check out around 20 million titles every year. That’s one of the highest rates in Europe. (In fact, only Denmark has a...

Slovenia almost has the shortest coast ...

Slovenia almost has the shortest coast of all European countries. Slovenia’s coast is only about 47 km long. That makes it the second smallest in Europe: only the coast of Bosnia and Herzegovina is shorter, at 30 km. Behind...

Most airports in capital cities are ...

Most airports in capital cities are named after local heroes or former leaders. Ljubljana airport is one of the few named after a politician who never led the country. Whereas, say, Charles de Gaulle was a famous general and...

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...

There are about 50 rivers that ...

There are about 50 rivers that run through Slovenia. You may know some of the bigger ones: the Sava, the Drava and the Mura. But what about the little ones? The Čabranka, for example, goes for 15 kilometers. And the Rinža goes...

The Republic of Prekmurje existed ...

The Republic of Prekmurje existed for one week. It was established after the First World War, in May 1919, when it tried to declare independence from Hungary. Within a few days, the republic was taken over and for a while the...

If a Slovene leaves Slovenia ...

If a Slovene leaves Slovenia, where do they go? Since 2000, the most common place (every year) has been Germany. The second favorite place is either Austria or Croatia, depending on the year. The number of Slovenes going to more...