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The famous dragon of Ljubljana guards the “dragon bridge”. Photo: rtvslo.si

What’s the difference between a monster and a dragon? Nothing, when it comes to the Ljubljana dragon. The famous dragon of Ljubljana, which guards the “dragon bridge” and adorns the city flag, may be connected with the ancient Greek myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece. According to the story, Jason stopped in Ljubljana’s swamps on the way back from his adventures and there killed a “monster.” Luckily for Ljubljana, this monster has since been described as a beautiful green dragon, instead of, say, a giant octopus creature. Instead, Ljubljana has a dragon bridge that is considered one of the most beautiful examples of the Art Noveau style in existence.

Can you understand me? ...

Can you understand me? According to Eurobarometer, you probably can. Their data says that more than a million Slovenes can speak English as a second language. That means the majority of people in Slovenia have some knowledge of...

Only five European countries use ...

Only five European countries use a toll sticker system for their roads. You buy the sticker, put it on your windshield, and then drive around.Slovenia is one of the five countries and is also the most expensive one. You have to...

Women in Slovenia are waiting longer ...

Women in Slovenia are waiting longer to have their first child. Before 2000, the average age of a first-time mother was 27. In the decade since, the age has slowly but surely crept higher. It was 28 in 2006. In 2009: it was 30....

In September 2002, the Slovenian ...

In September 2002, the Slovenian extreme cyclist Marko Baloh set a world record. In 12 hours, he rode over 450 kilometers. To put that in perspective, imagine bicycling from Koper to Šentilj – and then back, in one day. And doing...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble ...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble with the use of the dual case. It’s a specialty of the Slovenian language, in that there is not only singular and plural but dual. Thus, “the two towers” in English is simply “Stolpa”...

For a small country, Slovenia ...

For a small country, Slovenia can have radically different temperatures in different places. However, it’s usually about 21 degrees in the summertime and around 0 degrees in the winter. But those are just averages. Sometimes it...

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....

Slovenia's highest mountain is ...

Slovenia's highest mountain is Triglav at 2,864 meters. It's the tallest mountain in the Julian alps, but how does it compare to manmade buildings? Well, to build to the top of Triglav, you would have to stack the Burj al arab,...