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Gallus, Handl and Petelin are the Latin, German and Slovene versions of the word rooster. Photo: EPA

You’ve probably heard of the composer Georg Freidrich Haendl. But did you know there was a Slovenian Haendl, and that he was also a composer? It’s true. And the Slovenian Handl came first. He was a Renaissance composer named Jacobus Gallus Carniolus, also known as Jacobus Handl, Jacobus Händl, Jacobus Gallus and even Jacobus Petelin. If you’re good with languages, you’ve probably figured out what all those surnames have in common: they mean rooster. Gallus, Handl and Petelin are the Latin, German and Slovene versions of the word.
Fittingly, Gallus wrote madrigals in Latin and German. And his works are still performed to this day.

The first day of the month ...

The first day of the month is a popular day to give birth in Slovenia. The most popular birthday in Slovenia, according to the statistics office, is January 1st. But in the top ten most popular birthdays you’ll also find the...

The most popular color for flags ...

The most popular color for flags of the world is “red” but a surprising number of countries use the combination of “red, white and blue.” Altogether 28 countries use that combination – and Slovenia is one of them. So does the...

What’s the most common crime ...

What’s the most common crime in Slovenia? The answer is property crimes, by far. More people are convicted of it every year than anything else. It results in more convictions than public disturbance, physical assault, and most...

Only 2.5 million people speak Slovene ...

Only 2.5 million people speak Slovene around the world. That may not sound like a lot, but it depends how you look at it. For one thing, never before in history have there been so many Slovene speakers. And, according to the...

The Butcher’s Bridge in Ljubljana ...

The Butcher’s Bridge in Ljubljana was opened just recently, but has been a long time in the making. The plans were laid down in the 1930s by Slovenia’s star architect, Jože Plečnik. There are various sculptures on the bridge,...

France Prešeren is without doubt ...

France Prešeren is without doubt the country’s poet laureate. But the great romantic poet suffered from unrequited love for most of his life. His great love, Julija Primic, never returned his affections, and married a wealthy...

What city gets more rain ...

What city gets more rain on average? Ljubljana or Lima, Peru? The answer is Ljubljana. According to the United Nations, Ljubljana is one of the wettest cities in the world. It ranks in at number 20 -- ahead of cities that are...

The year 1456 changed the course ...

The year 1456 changed the course of Slovenian history. In November of that year, the last count of Celje was assassinated in Belgrade. The counts of Celje had become one of the most powerful families in the region. The family...