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Travelling through Slovenia ...

Kozolec is a wooden device for drying and storing hay and grain. Photo: rtvslo.si

Travelling through Slovenia, you’ll probably notice hayracks standing out in the open. They are known here as the kozolec. It’s a free standing, mainly wooden, device for drying and storing hay and grain.
Although similar versions do exist in parts of Europe, the double-linked hayracks known as “toplarji” are unique to Slovenia. That means that if you see one, you know you’re in Slovenia.

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....

Nevermind heavy metal fans ...

Nevermind heavy metal fans banging their heads and doing devil horns. Tartini did it first. The great composer and violinst was born in the town of Piran. According to Tartini, he once had a dream that he made a pact with the...

Slovenia is a small country ...

Slovenia is a small country – that’s something everyone seems to know. And it’s true: Slovenia makes up less than 0.004 % of the Earth. But! Slovenia has tremendous biodiversity for its small size. It has a full 1% of all living...

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...

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 is getting older ...

Slovenia is getting older. Not just the country, but the people. By the year 2060, one-third of the people in Slovenia will be over the age of 64. That’s quite a difference from today. Right now, about 17% of Slovenes are over...

How expensive is living in Ljubljana ...

How expensive is living in Ljubljana compared to other European cities? The answer: very. The price of real estate is comparable to European capitals like Berlin and Brussels. This despite the fact that the average net salaries...

Has a Slovene ever served as ...

Has a Slovene ever served as German chancellor? The answer is “kind of.” The chancellor who came after Bismarck was Leo von Caprivi. He served as chancellor from 1890 to 1894 and although he was born in Berlin, his family was...