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15 things you didn't know about Slovenia and its people

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15. December 2017

Green Slovenia is covered with forest.
1. Although Slovenia's total surface area is only around 20,000 km2, it has almost 10,000 km2 of forest. A whopping 65% of Slovenia's fair green land is made up of forest - which puts it third in Europe's forest power rankings, behind Sweden and Finland.

 

Slovenian people love ther mountains and hiking is very popular in Alps.
2. Slovenia has over 7,000 km of marked mountain trails, with 165 mountain huts and shelters. Former Slovenian president once proclaimed that it is a duty of every Slovenian person to climb Mt. Triglav (2864 meters) at least once in their lifetime.

 

Brown bears live in Slovenia.
3. Over 500 brown bears make their home in Slovenia. The omnivores weigh in at 200 to 350 kilograms each, but they rarely hunt, with plants making up 85% of their diets so you should be safe.

 

Wine culture is very present in Slovenia.
4. 216 km2 of Slovenia is covered in vineyards. There is a vineyard or winery on every 70 people. And the wines are excellent!

 

Slovenian wine is world famous.
5. Old Vine in Maribor is over 400 years old and is the oldest vine in the world. It still bears between 35 and 55 kilos of red grapes annually from which wine is produced. Pre-aged wine, only in Slovenia!

 

Slovenian cave system is huge and Karst is worth exploring.
6. There are over 10,000 caves in Slovenia. Postojna Cave is the most known one and also the most visited cave in Europe. It has a network of 20 km of passages, galleries and chambers. Well worth a visit!

 

Triglav national park is really old and beautiful area to explore when visiting Slovenia.
7. Triglav National Park is one of the oldest parks in Europe, with the first efforts to protect the area dating back to 1906.

 

Slovenian language has dual and slovenia is perfect country for romantic people.
8. Slovenian language has a special dual form, in addition to singular and plural form, and Slovenia has the word LOVE in its name. Couples can also get married in the church on Bled Island. Tradition says that the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage.

 

Translation of Ljubljana is loved one - fun fact about Slovenia.
9. Slovenian capital 'Ljubljana' translates as 'The Loved One'. Slovenes sure love their cities!

 

Some movies were already filmed in Slovenia.
10. Some scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed in Slovenia’s Soca Valley.

 

Slovenian coast is short but nice.
11. Slovenian coast is small, but pretty. Slovenia has 46 kilometers of coastline in total - think Italian Riviera, with cappuccinos, yachts and gelato.

 

Slovenian people love hiking and have made some historical ascents.
12. The first married couple to summit Mt. Everest were from Slovenia (in 1990).

 

Famous ski jump in located in Slovenia, Planica.
13. One of the world's largest ski jumps is in Slovenia (Planica). It is a place of 60 world record jumps, at the moment the record is 251 m.

 

Highest european chimney is in Slovenia.
14. Europe's highest chimney is located in Slovenia (Trbovlje) and it's 365 meters high. And of course, Slovenians do climb on it!

 

Melania Trump, Trump's wife, is from Sevnica, Slovenia.
15. Donald Trump's wife Melania was born in Slovenia (Sevnica).

 

Written by: 

Nina, Nest Campers

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