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The most popular name in Slovenia ...

For men, the most popular name is Franc. Photo: rtvslo.si

The most popular name in Slovenia is Marija. There are more than 60,000 of them here. For men, the most popular name is Franc, followed by Janez and Anton. Popular female names include Ana, Maja, Irena and Mojca. However, only one of those names is still in the top 5 of newborns and that’s Ana. The most popular baby name from 2005 to 2009 was Luka, followed Nika (for girls) and Jan, Sara, Nejc, Eva and Žan. Interestingly, the ten most popular names for babies recently born all have either three or four letters. None have five. Short and sweet, seems to be the motto.

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...

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...

Once, in Slovenia’s third largest city ...

Once, in Slovenia’s third largest city of Celje, a whole book was written and published in just 12 hours? It was a world record. The book was created in 12 hours by 12 writers. They started writing the book at 7 a.m. and the...

To find very old things made ...

To find very old things made out of wood is difficult. Wood rots, so it’s pretty much a miracle to find anything older than 5,000 years. But that’s what happened in Ljubljana a few years ago. Archaeologists uncovered a wooden...

Slovenia was the first country ...

Slovenia was the first country in formerly communist Europe to elect a black mayor. Peter Bossman, from Ghana, was elected mayor of Piran in November 2010. He first came to Slovenia as a medical student in the 1970s but said he...

Slovenes are beautiful ...

Slovenes are beautiful, but the world hasn’t realized it yet. So far, there has never been a Slovenian miss world, a Slovenian miss universe, a Slovenian miss earth or miss international. The same goes for men: Slovenia has won...

You’ve probably seen Slovenia’s euro ...

You’ve probably seen Slovenia’s euro coins already, but there are a few things about them that make them special. The first is the 2-cent piece, which shows the Prince’s Stone. What’s special about it? The fact that it’s actually...

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...