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There were days when people thought ...

Slovenian post office is busier than ever. Photo: BoBo

There were days when people thought e-mail would make regular mail (or snail mail) obsolete. But the number of letters sent by the Slovenian post office has only been growing. In 1995, the post office handled about 200,000 letters. Just 15 years later, it’s more than a million. That means that they’ve had to deal with 250% more letters than they did in the early days of independence. Despite the growing number of internet users, the Slovenian post office is still busier than ever.

In 1497, mercury was found ...

In 1497, mercury was found in the town of Idrija. It was one of the only places in the world where you could find mercury in its liquid and ore form. Although the mine has wound down, tourists can still walk through the top...

When it comes to financial damage ...

When it comes to financial damage from natural disasters, Slovenia’s podravska region has been the unluckiest recently. From 1999 until 2009, the region has suffered some 158 million euros in damages. The region, which includes...

Slovenes are enthusiastic internet ...

Slovenes are enthusiastic internet users. But what do Slovenian internet users do more: shop online or bank online? Just a few years ago, e-banking was more popular. But now e-shopping takes the cake. Nearly half of Slovenes...

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...

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...

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...

If you think of animals that come ...

If you think of animals that come from Slovenia, you may think of white Lipizzaner horses. But there is another animal that may be even more popular: the Carniolan honey bee. Among beekeepers, it’s second only to the Italian Bee....

Many of Slovenia’s great poets ...

Many of Slovenia’s great poets died young. Slovenia’s ultimate poet, France Prešeren, died at just 48. The great writer and poet Ivan Cankar died at the age of 42. And, most unfortunately, the modernist Srečko Kosovel died at 22...