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What do Slovenes eat more ...

Slovenes eat about 40 kilos of bread a year. Photo: rtvslo.si

What do Slovenes eat more than anything else? The answer is bread. According to the most recent data, Slovenes eat about 40 kilos of bread a year. While that may sound like a lot, its popularity has been falling. When Slovenia declared independence, the average Slovene ate more than 60 kilos of bread a year. That means Slovenes today eat 30% less bread than 20 years ago. They also eat much less potatoes than they used to. The amount of rice and pasta, however, has remained the same. And while 20 years ago, beef was the most popular meat in the country – that has since changed to poultry. But one of the biggest changes since independence has been chocolate. Around independence, the average Slovene ate 2 kilos of chocolate a year. Now it’s double that. Slovenes eat 4 kilos of chocolate a year.

The Mladika building in Ljubljana ...

The Mladika building in Ljubljana is currently the home of the Slovenian foreign ministry. But that’s not what it was when it was first built. It was built in 1895 in red-brick and stucco with owl motifs. The owls were supposed...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon ...

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon? Not yet, but there is one Slovene who kind of is. His name is Jurij Vega, the famous Slovenian mathematician and physicist, who set a world record for calculating pi to more than a hundred...

When it comes to using the Internet ...

When it comes to using the Internet, there is one thing that Slovenes do differently from other Europeans. According to data from eurostat, Slovenes are the most enthusiastic users of parental controls and web filters. A full 25%...

Slovenian holidays mean it’s time for potica ...

Slovenian holidays mean it’s time for potica. What is it? It’s a cake consisting of a sheet of pastry spread with a rich filling (nuts, poppies, raisins, various herbs, cottage cheese, and honey) and rolled up. It’s served all...

In 1689, the great ethnographer ...

In 1689, the great ethnographer Janez Valvasor wrote about baby dragons living in Slovenia. These baby dragons are now known to us as the Olm, or Proteus, or človeška ribica – the human fish. The small, blind, salamander-like...

The oldest existing document ...

The oldest existing document in Slovene is the Freising Manuscript. Probably written before the year 1000, they are also the first example of a text written in a Slavic language in Latin script. The manuscript is currently in the...

If you’ve seen the Slovenian flag ...

If you’ve seen the Slovenian flag, you know that it has three horizontal stripes: white, blue and red. Because the pan-Slavic movement used these three colors, you might think that was the inspiration. But it wasn’t. The...

The number of traffic accidents ...

The number of traffic accidents in Slovenia has been declining in the past five years. According to the Statistics Office of Slovenia, the most dangerous month for drivers in 2009 was May. That was the most fatal month of the...