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Want to know more about Slovenia? Here are 25 Interesting Facts about Slovenia that you probably didn’t know before reading this!

To make this even more fun, I want to challenge you as well. How many of these Slovenia facts did you know before reading this? Share your result in the comment section!

1. The Solkan bridge is the world’s longest stone-arch bridge railway

It was built between years of 1900 and 1906 and features 4533 stone blocks that stretch 220 meters.

Solkan bridge

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2. Slovenia covers less than 0.004% of the Earth’s surface

Despite the small size of the country, it has plenty to offer in nature, culture, cuisine and much more. Even the biodiversity here is amazing, with about 1% of the total biodiversity of Earth. 

Definitely one of the many interesting facts about Slovenia. 

3. Wine is a daily part of life

Did you know that there are one winery or vineyard for every 75 people? Slovenes love their wine.

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Not only is wine popular, but in Maribor, you can also see the oldest vine in the world that still produces grapes. The vine is estimated to be around 400 years old. 

Vineyard in Slovenia

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4. Bonfires are lit up on April 30th

We have a similar tradition in Sweden, that is known as Valborg or Walpurgis night. In Slovenia, they also light up bonfires around the country on April 30th, just before 1 May, which is the workers day.

Lightning a fire used to be a social event where the community came closer and became a unity. Today, it’s a symbol for worker’s right. 

5. There are more than 500 brown bears living in the forests

If you are an animal lover, you’ll be happy to hear that more than 500 brown bears roam the Slovenian forests.

Don’t worry though, the diet of these bears are mostly vegetarian and they rarely hunt since there are plenty of other foods to gather. 

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6. Slovenia has more than 90.000 beekeepers

With a total of 2 million people, it’s quite fascinating that about 90.000 Slovenes are beekeepers. Honey is definitely a delicacy here, and if you have the chance you should both taste and buy some home for your family and friends. 

7. There are more than 10000 caves in Slovenia

Want to get the real cavemen experience? Slovenia might just be the best place to do it. Here are more than 10.000 caves to explore. 

The most famous cave is known as Postonja cave, pictured below. 

Postojna Cave

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8. You can pay to stay in a prison cell at Hostel Celica

Curious about what it’s like to be locked up behind bars without committing a crime? At Hostel Celica you can stay in an actual prison.

The cells have been renovated into rooms, but it still has the same appearance as a prison cell.  

9. Lake Bled is the most popular tourist destination

In recent years, the popularity of Lake Bled has once again risen, and hundreds of thousands come here each year to enjoy the beauty of Lake Bled.

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Back in history, it was also a popular place among royals. 

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10. There are 46 different dialects in Slovenia

The Slovene language might just be spoken by 2.3 million people, but there are still 46 different dialects. 

11. Mount Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia

With 2 864 meters above the sea, this mountain is not a short one. However, it is still possible to reach the summit of Mount Triglav.

The easiest climb is from Krma Valley, which takes about 2 days in total, whereas 12-14 hours climbing. 

Mount Triglav

12. The mysterious pile dwellers of the Alps lived in Slovenia

The prehistoric pile dwellings in Slovenia are estimated to be from 5000-1500 B.C. In 2002, the oldest wheel ever encountered was discovered and it is estimated to be at least 5000 years old. 

These are a part of the Unesco World Heritage since 2011. 

13. More than 61% of the total land area is covered in forest

Unlike many other countries today, the forests of Slovenia are actually expanding. Today, it accounts for more than 12480 square kilometers. 

In these forests, one could also find the world’s smallest mammal, called the Etruscan Shrew. If you like to spend time in nature, you’ll love the Slovenian forests, especially during autumn before the leaves fall. 

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14. Slovenia has almost 27.000 kilometers of rivers and streams

This country is heaven on earth for adventurers who love water sports such as kayaking and rafting. With 27.000 kilometers of rivers and streams, there are plenty of places to get an adrenaline rush or go for a swim. 

The Soca River might just be the most beautiful river in the world with it’s piercing turquoise water. 

15. You can visit the world’s largest ski jump

Planica is an epic place for ski-lovers, especially if you like heights. The Ski Jump here is legendary and many world records have been set here. For example, the world record by Bjoern Einar Romoeren of 239 meters. 

Ski Jump Planica

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5 x Facts about Slovenians

  • Potica is a beloved dessert by many Slovenes
  • Slovenians see their home as an extension of themselves
  • The first married couple to reach the Mount Everest summit were Slovenians
  • Regional pride is more important than national pride
  • There are about 450 000 Slovenes living abroad + second/third generation Slovenes
Potica

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5 x Slovenia Facts for kids

  • There are 24.000 animal species in Slovenia
  • Handball is a popular sport
  • The Linden tree is an important national symbol
  • The Slovene swimmer Martin Strel was the first man to successfully swim the Amazon
  • Home to the Lipizzan horse
Lipizzan

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General Facts about Slovenia

Below are some general info such as total population, land area, biggest lake, highest mountain and other general facts about Slovenia that might be interesting to know.

  • Total Population: 2 million
  • Capital: Ljubljana
  • Life expectancy: 80,78 years.
  • Highest Mountain: Triglav (2 864 meters)
  • Land area: 20,273 km2  (7,827 square miles)
  • Largest Lake: Lake Cerknica
  • National Day: 25th June
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
  • President: Borut Pahor
  • Prime Minister: Marjan Šarec
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Official language: Slovene.
  • Religion: 73% Christians. 
  • Official Website: Vlada.si/en/.si
  • Member of Nato: Yes
  • Member of EU: Yes
  • National song: “Zdravljica”
  • Time zone: CET +1, CEST +2
  • Country Number/Prefix: +386
  • Country Code: SI
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Map of Slovenia

Below you can see the country and its territory marked in yellow on the map. 

Slovenia Map

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Flag of Slovenia

As you can see, the Mount Triglav is depicted in the Slovenian flag emblem. 

Slovenia flag

Biggest Cities in Slovenia

  • Ljubljana
  • Maribor
  • Celje
  • Kranj
  • Velenje
  • Koper
  • Novo Mesto

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January 20th, 2019|

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